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A Precious Push to US Healthcare

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For the Barack Obama Administration that’s trying to push forward a Health Reform Bill by year-end, a movie co-produced by Oprah Winfrey has come as a shot in the arm. Flinging all that ails America onscreen, Precious is about a Black American teen who is 16, HIV+, weighs over 350 pounds and is carrying her father’s second baby (the first child has Down’s Syndrome). Audiences brave enough to watch this illiterate teen who has incest muddling up her bloodlines and an abusive mother, stood up to cheer at the end of the movie. Precious shows how little America has done despite spending more per capita on healthcare than most major European nations. This hopeless life of a helpless girl might be precious enough to get the health bill passed.