CHICAGO, April 19, 2014—Activists from Chicago, Oregon, South Carolina, and Washington have arrived and are traveling through California on their way to Oregon.
In addition to the Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign of Progressive Democrats of America, local chapters of PNHP, and individual advocates, members of Healthcare for All Oregon were instrumental in organizing events for DUH. Thanks go out to them all!
Oregon events will include a screening of The Healthcare Movie, with live performances by singer Bob Wickline, and panel discussions afterwards.
April 27, 2:00 – 5:00 pm Unitarian Universalist church, 525 NE 6th St., Grant’s Pass
April 28, 6:30 pm Bijou Art Cinema, 492 13th Ave., Eugene
April 30, 7:00 pm First Unitarian Universalist church, Elliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland
May 1, 7:00 pm, Grand Theatre, 191 High St. NE, Salem
Discussions will take place after the movie with filmmakers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg and DUH activists Sue Saltmarsh and Donna Ellington, as well as local advocates. In addition, supporters are invited to drive with the caravan from city to city. Each car will be responsible for their own expenses and will decide how far they want to go. Identifying ribbons and bumper stickers will be supplied to all drivers!
As the implementation and effects of the Affordable Care Act remain uncertain, more people are becoming curious about other options. “The ACA does nothing to tear down the economic barriers to healthcare access,” says DUH founder Sue Saltmarsh. “People will still be hampered by high premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. Only 60 to 80% of costs will be covered by exchange insurance plans, and dental and vision are not included. Under a system like that proposed in H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, 100% of costs, including all necessary medical, mental health, dental, and vision care, is covered. Premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and networks would cease to exist. Employers would pay a fraction of what they pay now to help cover their employees, people would go to the ER only for true emergencies, doctors would be able to be healers instead of administrators, and medical bankruptcy would be a thing of the past. What’s not to like?”