Tag Archives: Single Payer

Shout out to everybody that cares

I was scheduled to be on a speakers panel in North Chicago at 2:30pm. That’s why I had to leave the Tom Rudd press conference at 2:50pm. The 2:30 pm event at North Chicago Library was co-organized by Our Revolution Lake County, National Nurses United, and the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition. It was a screening of the 35 min. healthcare documentary Fix It. I was scheduled to be on the speakers panel and that’s why I could not be more than 30 minutes late. Normally I would consider it unacceptable to show up 30 minutes late for an event I co-organized, but I wanted to show my support for Dr. Tom Rudd. I stand with the Ministers and Activists calling for Gov. Pritzker to pardon Dr. Rudd.

My Facebook Live video before the Tom Rudd presser
The Crazy Riot Show video of the Tom Rudd press conference.
Fix It – Healthcare At The Tipping Point

Fun with #M4A in the snow

Dr. Neil Perlman and Adam Broad talking single payer healthcare and random thoughts in Winnetka, IL

I joined my friend of over 40 years, Dr. Neil, at his single payer school year event at the Winnetka Rotary lunch.

Improved #MedicareForAll That’s single-payer #M4A Accept no substitutes or half-measures. Next time Rep. Brad Schneider talks about “reducing pharmaceutical costs” respectfully suggest he join Bernie Sanders and Broad For Congress at capping pharma co-pays at $200 pr year w/ zero-co-pays, zero deductibles, and zero premiums for healthcare.


Learn more about Improved #MedicareForAll with a free screening of Fix It and a panel discussion w/ audience Q and A 2:30p – 4:30p at North Chicago Public Library 2100 Argonne Dr. North Chicago, IL. Hosted by National Nurses United, Our Revolution Lake County and Illinois Single-Payer Coalition.


Weekend Campaign Trail Stuff

OctoBERNfest. Old Hideaway. Cary, IL

A lot of rain yesterday. I was in a tent on stage and the crowd was in a food tent across a wide field. I could barely see the faces of the people in the tent and they were mostly eating brats and drinking beer while I started. One of the musical acts setting up, working and talking around me is obvious from the video.

On the plus side, I was able to engage the crowd and had a number of people introduce themselves to me afterwards asking me “What can I do to help your campaign?”

Brad voted correctly on Yemen. We all make mistakes here. Waiting for Brad to admit he made a mistake on Medicare For All and the defense budget. Thanks to our campaign manager Colleen LaVigne who works with Lisa Peck to keep this campaign and this candidate honest.
CB feels the BERN. From apolitical to campaign activist in one campaign cycle.

Your donation pays union printers to help this campaign educate voters about ending the free ride for health insurance CEOs and shareholders who get rich from a system the kills and bankrupts Americans.

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Michael Brennan at the Bughouse Square Debates

Michael got selected over me and a couple of others to argue in favor of Single-payer healthcare. The reject speakers were there to support him. It was not politics as usual nor was it supposed to be. He was armed with dignity and the facts on his side.

Michael Brennan argues for Improved Medicare For All at the Bughouse Debates at Washington Square Park, hosted by the Newberry Library

This year’s Bughouse Debates marked the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots. Much like the death toll of that racist violence 100 years ago or unarmed citizens summarily executed by police today, bad outcomes from our current healthcare system disproportionately harm people of color. The life expectancies in the affluent nearby Streeterville community range decades higher than life expectancy in the low-income African American communities located just 15 miles west or south. Your life expectancy in the United States shouldn’t depend on your skin color or your zip code. Our Constitution calls for the government to provide a common defense and to promote the general welfare. Healthcare is a human right and National health insurance secures that right immediately. A government of the United States that doesn’t secure the rights of its citizens is a failed government.

Adam Broad and Mark Johnson at Washington Square Park for #Bughouse2019 @newberrylibrary Chicago, IL

Thanks to Timi, Ethan, and Joel for volunteering along with Mark. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to purchase a button, T-shirt, or to get on the mailing list for the ISPC.

http://ilsinglepayer.org


Coffee Talk With Adam

A preliminary discussion about MESSAGE (Something about Bernie or Bust)

Coffee Talk with Adam – Something about Bernie or Bust.

Welcome To Planet Brad

I’m slowly trying to get support among Republicans and I think it’s there, because they want the same thing. -Rep. Brad Schneider

Rep. Brad Schneider continues to ignore the facts about #MedicareForAll. This is his alternative plan: Slowly trying to build support among Republicans.

No surprise, then, that Our Revolution is bringing the National Emergency Ambulance Tour directly to his office Friday June 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

Our Revolution volunteer activists Dr. Lisa Peck, Colleen LaVigne, and Kerri Barber will be sharing those facts our Congressman is ignoring. Help Brad help us by showing up and adding your voice.

Our Revolution: Show up for the #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour

Our Revolution #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour:

8:00 AM Thursday June 6 – Rep. Lipinski at 300 N. LaSalle Chicago, IL

NOON Friday June 7 – Rep. Bill Foster 815 N. Larkin STE 206 Joliet, IL

4:30 PM Friday June 7- Join Our Revolution Buffalo Grove and Our Revolution Lake County with the National Emergency Ambulance Tour.

Brad Schneider’s office 111 Barclay Lincolnshire, IL

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

#MedicareForAll DAY OF ACTION IN CHICAGO -SATURDAY – Blue Cross Blue Shield Building – RALLY – MARCH – Die-In – PROTEST

Join Our Revolution, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians For National Healthcare Program, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, National Nurses United and several other groups for a #MedicareForAll Day of Action in Chicago.

SATURDAY June 8, 2019 NOON RALLY Blue Cross Blue Shield Building 300 E. Randolph (north end of Millennium Park along E. Randolph Street at the NE corner of Randolph and Columbus Dr.)

Speakers at 1:30 followed by a MARCH (there’s an ADA complaint vehicle for those who can’t) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the American Medical Association is hosting its annual meeting.

During the MARCH to the PROTEST there will be a DIE-IN representing those who have died due to lack of healthcare. The AMA opposed Medicare before its inception in 1965 and continues to obstruct single payer healthcare. Last year the AMA in a coalition with insurance and pharmaceutical companies formed Partnership For America’s Healthcare Future. They spend millions to lobby against Medicare For All/Single Payer to defend our inefficient for-profit system that is bankrupting families and businesses and results in lack of healthcare or death for tens of thousands of Americans.

Saturday June 8, 2019 3 PM The National Emergency Ambulance rushes out to visit Rep. Underwood at 3S 101 Rockwell St. Warrenville, IL

Monday June 10, 2019 1 PM #M4A/End DCCC Blacklist National Emergency Ambulance Rally 2401 4th Ave Rock Island, IL

ACTION ITEM ADDED – FROM NATIONAL NURSES UNITED:

The Ways & Means Committee is set to hold hearings next week on H.R. 1384: The Medicare for All Act of 2019. Brad Schneider sits on this committee but has not yet signed onto the bill. Please call Brad before the hearing. Just dial 202-858-1717 and enter your zip code to be connected with his office.

Colleen debriefing on Facebook Live after Rep. Brad Schneider’s Town Hall last Saturday morning after asking, “What will it take just to get the bill out of committee?” We appreciate the Congressman making himself available afterwards, but we are losing patience with Brad’s “How will we pay for it?” objection. We answered that question repeatedly and the answer is in the bill itself.


Things are getting awkward with Rep. Brad Schneider RE: Medicare For All

I have had a respectful, friendly, and collaborative relationship with my Congressman, but I am frustrated by his political double-talk about healthcare. Tens of thousands of Americans are dying or going bankrupt from a healthcare establishment that puts corporate profits ahead of the health and general welfare of the nation. Too many political elites in the democratic party are protecting a greedy and inefficient for-profit private health insurance industry. Our Revolution is challenging all of them with a simple question: “Are you for Medicare for All or are you on the side of Big Pharma and the insurance industry?” Brad is trying to stand for “Healthcare as a human right” while obstructing the plan to make sure that’s not an empty slogan.

Brad Talking On Both Sides of the Room
Colleen from Our Revolution Buffalo Grove asks Rep. Brad Schneider: What will it take just to get #MedicareForAll out of the Ways and Means Committee.
Tom from Our Revolution Lake County talks to Nancy about #MedicareForAll

Members of Our Revolution Lake County previously met Rep. Schneider to discuss Medicare For All. He frequently says, “The perfect should not be the enemy of the good.” When it comes to Medicare For All, he holds a different standard. He uses progressive slogans and says he has no sacred cows, but he does not offer an alternative plan that allows access and quality healthcare without continuing to bankrupt the American people. His opposition is reminiscent of the Republican opposition to Obamacare. He offers previously debunked criticism and fails to explain how he can lead us to a better path.

‘Democrats Against Medicare for All Make Me Sick’: Steny Hoyer First Target of National Emergency Ambulance Tour

Published on Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost… This is an emergency campaign to go after politicians who are unwilling to stand up for our basic human right to healthcare.”

by Jake Johnson

The tour kicked off Thursday in the Maryland district of House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has yet to co-sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All legislation. (Photo: Our Revolution/Screengrab)

“Are you for Medicare for All or are you on the side of Big Pharma and the insurance industry?”

That is the fundamental question advocacy group Our Revolution intends to pose to Democratic lawmakers across the country with its nationwide “Medicare for All Emergency Ambulance Tour,” which launched Thursday with the goal of pressuring members of the House majority to support Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s single-payer legislation.

“It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.” 
—Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution

To underscore the life-or-death urgency of passing Medicare for All, Our Revolution members plan to drive an ambulance to the home offices of House Democrats who have yet to sign on to Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The nationwide tour kicked off Thursday in the Maryland district of House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a long-time opponent of single-payer.

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

Speaking at the launch event on Thursday, Dr. Laura Kaplan—a member of Our Revolution Maryland—urged Hoyer to join his fellow Maryland Reps. Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, and Elijah Cummings in supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

“It is important to remember that we did not arrive at our current healthcare payment system for moral, ethical, or inevitable economic reasons,” Kaplan said while standing in front of a sign that read “Democrats Against Medicare for All Make Me Sick.”

“As a medical doctor,” Kaplan said, “my prescription for our nation is universal healthcare.”

Watch the Maryland event:

The Medicare for All ambulance is expected to travel to Texas, Wisconsin, and other states before a final event at the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 26 and 27.

“This is no ordinary road trip—this is an emergency campaign to go after politicians who are unwilling to stand up for our basic human right to healthcare,” Geevarghese wrote in an email to supporters on Wednesday. “It is time to hold Democrats—like Steny Hoyer—accountable.”

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