Monday, October 19, 2009

Updated: Local health care reform advocates to tell Congress "It's Time to Deliver" Oct. 20

HOUGHTON -- On Tuesday Oct. 20, Michigan doctors, nurses, seniors, students, community activists and union members will gather at various events, house parties, hospitals and other places of work to call their Representatives and Senators as part of an unprecedented national day of action. Thousands of events are taking place across the country Tuesday to make sure Congress knows it must deliver health care reform that makes quality care affordable for America’s families and businesses.

Among the events scheduled in Michigan, two are in the local area of the Upper Peninsula.

Copper Country residents can attend a talk on Health Care Reform between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the home of Barbara and Suzanne McLean, 41599 Halfmoon Beach Road in Chassell. Barbara traveled to Finland to study their health care system, and Suzanne had surgery in Scotland.* They will also be calling legislators.

In the Marquette area, a "Time to Deliver" call party will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic St, Marquette.

If you have questions about the events, call Valerie Pryzwara of MichUHCAN (Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network) at 734-812-0664.

Update: You can call the Capitol switchboard toll-free and ask to be connected to your Senators and Representative to leave them a message on health care reform: 1-800-828-0498; or you can contact Congressman Bart Stupak's office directly at (202) 225 4735, Sen. Carl Levin at (202) 224-6221 and Sen. Debbie Stabenow at (202) 224-4822.

*Editor's Note: Barbara McLean participated in a panel discussion and spoke about Finland's health care system at the Health Care Forum, "Finding Solutions to the Health Care Crisis," held last summer at the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) in Houghton. See our July 7 article about the Forum.

1 comment:

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all-the-more easier seven years later.

We'll live to fight another day.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY