CUUSP members participate in Mobilization for Health Care

On October 15th, a number of CUUSP members participated in the morning picket/sit-in at the offices of Wellpoint in Washington D.C. The protest was a part of the newly-begun Mobilizations for Health Care that are occurring throughout the country. In D.C., Wellpoint executives were asked to come down to talk with the organizers and hear their demands to stop denying people care, but they refused to engage in conversation. About 12 people blocked the sidewalk in front of the building, which provoked a police presence, however no arrests were made.

The purpose of the Mobilizations for Health Care is to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to send a clear message to Congress and insurance companies that Americans are fed up with the policies of insurance companies and the direction of health care “reform,” which every day seems to concede more power and privileges to insurance companies, placing the interests of these corporations before the well-being of the people. The protest in Washington D.C. received media coverage to help spread the activists’ message, as did the 8 other protests that were staged the same day across the country.

News Channel 8 coverage of protests: http://www.news8.net/news/stories/1009/668931.html

Mobilization for Health Care website: mobilizeforhealthcare.org

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Mt. Pleasant teach-in a success

Our Wednesday community meeting/teach-in was a success. About 20 people came out, some newbies to single-payer as well as long-time advocates. Our knowledgeable speakers shared information and even those who already knew a lot about single-payer health care and health reform found great value in the event. As one attendee put it, “I go to a lot of meetings with left-leaning people and a lot of times they’re pretty standard, but the speakers tonight have really lit a fire under me to advocate for single-payer!”
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CUUSP to host bilingual teach-in in Mt. Pleasant

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2009, CUUSP (Coalition of the Uninsured & Underinsured for Single-Payer) is hosting a bilingual teach-in regarding health care reform. Thursday’s teach-in takes place from 7pm until 9pm at La Casa Community Center, located at 3166 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010.

Over the past several months, there has been much debate about the future of health care and insurance in America. President Obama has attempted to create a bipartisan balance between those on the ‘right’ who see health care reform as an intrusion on private enterprise, and those on the ‘left’ who seek a government sponsored ‘public option.’ Often absent from the discussion, and media spotlight, have been proponents of proposed ‘single-payer’ legislation, H.R. 676, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and at least 87 members of Congress, that would cover all Americans and drive down costs by reigning in exorbitant administrative and marketing expenses accrued by private insurance companies.

Recent polls show that over 60% of Americans favor a ‘single-payer’, government sponsored and privately delivered health care system; and yet, the voices of the uninsured, and advocates for “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All“ legislation, have been sidelined in the health care debate. One-third (1/3) of all Americans are either uninsured or under-insured; and, of the uninsured, over two-thirds (2/3) are from communities of color. Under the current system, racial and financial disparities have run amuck; and, medical costs have risen unchecked, ruining the lives of many Americans, due to the denial of care and financial hardship.

The public is invited to the event to learn why ‘single-payer’ is a viable option for all Americans. Community and patient advocate Sonia Umanzor, as well as a representative from Physicians for a National Health Program, will be the guest presenters. There will also be an opportunity to share personal stories about difficulty accessing health care under our current system. The event will be fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Snacks will be provided from a local restaurant.

Healthcare-Now and Physicians for a National Health Program support CUUSP’s “Universal Health Care” Teach-in. For more information, call (202) 821-6221 or email medicare4allnow@gmail.com.