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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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Tax Day

As you drop that envelope in the mailbox to uncle sam here’s something to ponder….
You know all those corporations that move out of the U.S. so they don’t have to pay taxes? Halliburton moved to Dubai, there’s plenty in Grand Cayman and the Bahamas. Well, “we” the tax payers have to pay out the nose but they don’t. Tennessee is really hurting these days with “budget shortfalls” and the Governor has ordered cutbacks, hiring freezes, layoffs etc. It’s rough out there and part is because of the state of the economy in general and part is because these corporations are NOT paying their fare share. They use our “commons” (legal system, roads, police, fire, etc) to make huge profits and pay nothing in taxes. Here’s what it’s costing us right here in Tennessee every year….
$1,807,595,246

Just think what the state could do if we had that in the state budget to use. (teachers, parks, environmental cleanup, clean energy programs & incentives, public transportation etc)

It’s messed up and it’s not fair. All corporations need to pay for the use of the commons. They shouldn’t be allowed to avoid taxes simply by closing up their offices here and opening a p.o. box in my favorite vacation spot offshore. (not dubai…the islands) Check out this article in today’s huffington post. the GOP wants to protest taxes for the ultra rich with tea parties today. Obama reduced taxes for 95% of us. They are nothing but shills for the big companies that are robbing us blind and taking all that bounty offshore.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/15/offshore-tax-havens-a-sta_n_186640.html

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digging in the dirt

Today I finished mulching the strawberry & asparagus bed. The garden is coming along and I was thinking tonight how good it is to be digging in the dirt again. It rained this afternoon so I had to quit and come inside. It’s good for the peas I planted a few days ago. I’ve planted 3 types of peas: snow peas, alaska peas and english peas. I have to build something in the beds for them to climb on. In the past I’ve used river cane poles tied together but I’m thinking of trying some wire fencing this year.

I’m watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC and she’s talking about the “Tea Bag Protests.” Looks like some Ron Paul folks are getting on board but mostly it’s supported by right wing billionaires and covered heavily by FOX news. Dick Army is behind it too. They seem to have ignored Obama’s middle class tax CUTS. weird.
Speaking of taxes…time to mail them off kids. Am I going to see you on the local news at 11:55p 4/15?

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