Category: protests


Got Healthcare Yet?

  1. Fact: In 2009 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 46 million Americans did not have health insurance. That number was by then actually over 52 million and was reduced to 22 million with the passage of health care reform. But it has grown since then to 27 million and continues to grow.  If the reform measures are repealed (as Republicans want) it will be back in the 55 to 60 million range.
  2. Fact: A 2009 Harvard University and Ohio University study concluded that 45,000 Americans die every year for lack of health care. That number is 15 times (every year) the number killed in 9/11.
  3. Fact: The number one cause of foreclosure in America in health care debt. In America if you want to live and be treated for a serious condition, you have to fork over your house or die.
  4. Fact: 62% of all bankruptcies in America are due to medical debt.
  5. Fact: 1% of Americans own more than half of America’s wealth. Obama refused to consider a single payer healthcare system that would decimate the health insurance industry because it represents (along with all the medical debt credit industry) one-sixth of our economy. But with 1% owning half the wealth, that one-sixth is really only very small percent of the population.
  6. Fact: A single payer system (Medicare for all) is the only way to fix the U.S. health care problem.  As long as there is a for-profit health insurance industry in control of American’s health, only the very rich will be covered, and our medical debt and quality of health will continue to devolved.
  7. Fact: America ranks 37th in health care worldwide (based on infant mortality and longevity) – World Health Organization study.
  8. Fact: America ranks 52nd in heath care fairness – World Health Organization study. Cuba has better health care than the U.S. in terms of fairness.
  9. Fact: 39 other countries have universal healthcare coverage for all citizens. Many, even for those who aren’t citizens, but just visiting. Not so in America.
  10. Fact: America has the greatest health care technology, but only the rich can pay for it.
  11. Fact: Got Healthcare? Tough. This is America. Die.

Got Healthcare?

is a 91 minute documentary of people in the streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 2009 fighting for healthcare reform. Despite the passage of the new health care law in March 2010, 22 million Americans remained uninsured. The people who fought for reform won a band aid on our healthcare system. Now Republicans vow to repeal the health care reform law. Insurance companies are raising their rates by strong double digit percentages. Health care in America can hardly get better under theses circumstances. A single payer system is the only viable solution. This film tells you why.
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9248149&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0Got Healthcare? official website

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http://www.youtube.com/v/VA5GOSiZ9Q8&hl=en&fs=1&Over 50,000 die every year for lack of health care and more for denial of care despite having health insurance. That’s well over 100 deaths per day. 50 million (and growing) in the U.S. have no health care at all. This is why nine Lieberman constituents and members of Mobilization for Health Care Now were arrested today as they sat-in Lieberman’s DC office and demanded to see him.

Five of the Lieberman Nine have been released. The other four intend to stay in jail until Lieberman meets with them to discuss rejecting the money he accepts from insurance companies!

Meanwhile ABC News reports: “Later we will see much a larger protest from the other side of the political spectrum as potentially thousands of protesters gather with Republican lawmakers on the West side of the Capitol. Those protesters will lobby against Democrats’ health care bills in large part because they include a public option..”

Congress is getting it from all sides. Their compromises with the insurance industry infuriate progressives and as weak as what’s left of a public option is, the right are protesting it’s inclusion. You can’t please everyone so you may as well have a single payer system, medicare for all, problem solved, which is what is buzzing about as we hear that Pelosi is allowing a vote on the Weiner amendment for a single payer system!

Huff post reports the following:

Nine protesters were arrested Thursday in a demonstration at the office of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to demand that he pledge to stop accepting from the health insurance industry.

Lieberman, who last week said he would join a GOP filibuster of any health care bill with a government-run public option, has accepted about $1.5 million from health professionals and insurance agencies since 2003, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Twenty protesters, including four students from the University of Connecticut, marched into the senator’s office in the morning and demanded to speak with him. Aides denied their request, offering constituents a closed-door meeting with two legislative aides, which was rejected. Nine protesters then staged a sit-in, saying they would not leave the office until they could have a discussion with the senator in person.

“We’re waiting to see if the senator for Aetna is ready to be the senator for the people,” explained one protester, Kai, who wouldn’t give his last name. Aetna has spent over two million dollars on lobbying in 2009, and has donated $65,000 to Lieberman’s campaign committee.

Within 10 minutes of the protesters’ arrival, Capitol police were on the scene. They dragged away nine protesters, including two of Lieberman’s Connecticut constituents, as Senate staffers watched from the lobby and office hallways.

After the arrests, five of the remaining protesters continued on to Lieberman’s committee hearing, which was already underway. They stood in the back of the chamber and quietly held up signs reading “Patients Not Profits” and “Insurance $$$ Makes Me Sick.”

“It’s ironic Lieberman is chairing this meeting on corporate crimes,” said Medea Benjamin, who characterized the practice of accepting campaign donations from health insurance companies as criminal.

Mobilization for Health Care has a petition to sign urging Lieberman to “publicly pledge that he will no longer accept any money from any insurance companies.

Over 2000 signed this petition within just a few hours of this story breaking.

http://www.youtube.com/v/oAawqXBUzhc&hl=en&fs=1&Med students have gone to Congress to plead with them to stop provisions in health care legislation that would outlaw affordable generic drugs for the sake of protecting corporate competition. They have seen first hand how people suffer and die because of the inability to obtain life saving drugs, a painful, slow, horrible death for many. This is sadistic. Sign the petition to help.