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RALLY TO PROTEST HEALTHCARE PROFITEERS

HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT – MEDICARE FOR ALL- SINGLE PAYER NOW!
“MAD-AS-HELL DOCTORS” TOUR COMES TO NASHVILLE

RALLY TO PROTEST HEALTHCARE PROFITEERS
Monday, 9/21, 4:30 – 6:00pm
4:30pm: Gather with signs along Charlotte Ave. & 25th Ave. S.
5:00pm: March on HCA Headquarters at One Park Place
(between Centennial Park & Charlotte Ave.)

A group of doctors from Portland, Oregon will be in Nashville Monday as part of a national tour in Support of a Single Payer health care system. The group is traveling to Washington, D.C., in their “Care-A-Van” with a simple but loud message: We need a single-payer health system in which the government covers everyone and the private insurance industry is cut out. The doctors will make stops in 26 cities to campaign around the issue, and they want to meet with Barack Obama in Washington to make their case for real reform.

Dr. Paul Hochfeld, a Corvallis, Ore., emergency room doctor for 24 years and founder of the group, told a crowd: “[T]his industry has hijacked health care–they are all about profits, and not the public good.” The doctors say that the only way people in America will be guaranteed quality health care is through a single-payer system. Dr. Joseph Eusterman, a doctor who deals with injured workers and workers’ comp claims, said he’s seen people lose their jobs, and then the fear mounts. So he’s mad about the lies being told by the fear-mongers and fanatics, whom he dubbed “fearnatics.” As Coos Bay, Ore., Doctor Rick Staggenborg said in an interview, “Health care reform is being stymied by the same corporate interests who are the chief contributors to senatorial campaigns. With this clear conflict of interest, you can’t expect real reform.”

Prior to the main demonstration at HCA,the “Mad As Hell Doctors” will deliver gift baskets to the staff of Lentz Clinic. The Lentz Public Health Center begins its flu shot program Monday, 9/21. Supporters of Single Payer Health care believe that this is an example of a publicly funded health care program that, although overworked and under-funded, provides us with valuable health care services. Just down the road from Lentz Clinic is the other end of our health care network – a for-profit hospital chain that has the distinction of committing the biggest case of health care fraud in the history of the planet. Under the leadership of Rick Scott- now an outspoken opponent of Single Payer and leader in opposing reform – Hospital Corporation of America stole billions of dollars from Medicare. The corporation paid $1.7 billion in fines. Ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Republican Senator from Iowa Chuck Grassley said, “This case is so complicated, and so huge, that no one will ever know exactly how much HCA took. This case is troubling because it shows how one company, with unbridled greed, systematically defrauded the government’s health care programs.”

RALLY TO PROTEST HEALTHCARE PROFITEERS
Monday, 9/21, 4:30 – 6:00pm
3:00pm Delivery of Gift Baskets to Lentz Clinic from Mad as Hell Doctors
4:30pm: Gather with signs along Charlotte Ave. & 25th Ave. S.
5:00pm: March on HCA Headquarters at One Park Place
(between Centennial Park & Charlotte Ave.)
6:30pm Dinner with the Doctors at Shoney’s on White Bridge Rd (Public Invited)

For more information contact Warren Duzak, 615-292-5608, 615-428-5433. http://www.MadAsHellDoctors.com

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Healthcare issue on a local scale

Emily & I went to dinner tonight. A local restaurant kind of a “meat & 3” we sometimes frequent for their delicious home made pie. The waitress is also the pie maker. She came over to our table and said, “sorry I didn’t make any pies this week…I found out my husband has stage 4 colon cancer.” She walked over to the register and picked up a picture of her 3 little kids to show us. Emily looked at her and said “how did you even come in here to work?” “I have to” she said, “we don’t have any insurance.”

How many times does this story play out in towns and cities across this country? Hard working people make do and get by until one catastrophic illness wipes them out. We think it’s ok to pool our resources via taxes for government run fire departments to put out a blaze in our homes but if something is attacking our bodies…well, we’re on our own.

There is a meanness out there that makes me sad. I’m sad for that woman and her family but I’m sad for our country too. I know we can do better. I want us to do better. Some people think we have the best healthcare system in the world. That may be true but I also know that the woman that makes my peanut butter pie doesn’t have access to it so it doesn’t matter to her how great it is. Millions of other don’t have access to it either. That’s not acceptable to me. How about you? Are you OK with it?

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