Archive for the ‘health care reform’ category

Guerrilla musical protest disrupts health insurance conference

October 23, 2009

The guerrilla protest group which calls itself, somewhat satirically, “Billionaires for Wealthcare,” has struck again.  They staged an epic punk at a meeting ofthe Association of Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Dressed in appropriate business camouflage, a team of musical protesters disrupted the AHIP meeting just as a guy named Bill McInturff was supposed to be giving the keynote address.  And just who  is this Bill McInturff ?  He’s a Republican pollster who’s notorious for helping to kill Bill Clinton’s health care plan with the “Harry and Louise” commercial. Just the kind of guy who should be receive the “psychic compensation” of  guerrilla protest.

The signal for the start of the protest appears to be aggressive cheering from the back of the room. After a shout of “Thank you for your hard on health care” the group broke into a relatively lengthy and harmonious rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, only with the chorus focused on government-run insurance. “The option, the option, we must have, the option… ” went the lyrics in reference to the public plan.

Watch and enjoy.  Notice that the B4WC protesters continue singing in perfect pitch as they are escorted out by event security. A well-delivered protest with the right mix of humor and chutzpah.

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It’s about caring and community

October 13, 2009

To hear  Republicans talk these days, you would think that the Brits, the Canadians and the rest of the industrialized countries that have (gasp!)  socialized medicine were all dropping like flies from all the rationing and long waits for necessary surgeries.

You’d think they were all unhappy and envious of America’s expensive health care system.

Turns out,  the exact opposite is true — the rest of the world is quite happy with their government-run health programs and not eager to trade it for the fragmented insurance-driven health care system in the U.S.  In addition they have better health outcomes while paying less money for their care. (more…)

Why we need government-run universal, socialized health care NOW!

September 7, 2009

Send this to everyone you know — this video breaks it down in a clever but simple way that puts the whole health care reform discussion in the proper context.

Send it to congresscritters who need a spine implant.   It may convince them to vote in such a way as to “promote the general welfare” under the Constitution.

‘Mad As Hell Doctors’ send a message on health care reform

August 26, 2009

A group of six doctors in Oregon is organizing a coast-to-coast odyssey to publicize the urgen need for health care reform and specifically for a single payer solution.  The ‘Mad As Hell Doctors’ are planning to publicize their advocacy for real, not placebo,  reform of the health care system by embarking on a journey to Washington, D.C. on September 8.  Their ‘Care-A-Van’ will visit 26 cities  along the way and add participants at every stop. (more…)

Backwards nation

August 24, 2009

The U.S. of A. is a backwards nation when it comes to health care.   No, I am not referring to the fact the this country is the only industrialized nation without universal government-sponsored health care.  I’m talking about the way health care is handled at the most basic entry level.

Suppose you come into a hospital or clinic anywhere in this country seeking care — doesn’t matter whether you are coming in for a regularly scheduled physical with your primary care physician — or whether you show up broken and bleeding in the ER.  The same opening process takes place everywhere from sea to shining sea. (more…)