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Despite very cold winds, the rally attracted 150+ supporters, including several officials including Rep. MaryAnn Black, Sen. Floyd McKissick and Sen. Mike Woodard.
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Durham Rally for Medicare for All, Jan 2018
A single-payer system is a just, humane and cost-effective model for providing health care to every American
Durham— The United States is the only industrialized nation without a system of universal health care.
Although our hospitals are filled with cutting-edge technology and well-trained health care providers, too many people lack access to the care they can afford.
A 2015 Commonwealth Fund survey ranked the US dead last in the quality of our health care system compared to ten other developed nations – and this is despite our spending more money per capita on health care than any other country.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Senator Sanders has introduced S1804, Medicare for All, in the US Senate. This bill, when enacted, will provide for a four-year transition to a single payer system based on the successful model of Medicare. Health care providers remain independent (not government employees) and are reimbursed at negotiated rates by a single public payer, as Medicare is now. Every American will be covered for almost every health care need.
The system will be paid for by modest changes in the tax code. Insurance premiums and co-payments would be eliminated, resulting in significant overall savings for >95% of Americans. Polls consistently show that public support for Medicare for All is increasing quickly.
The rally is sponsored by the Coalition for Health Care of North Carolina. The growing list of co-sponsors includes We Stand Up (Watts Hillandale Indivisible), Protecting Progress in Durham, Together We Will NC, Health Care for All Y’all, Durham People’s Alliance, Southern Anti-Racism Network, Health Care for All NC, and Durham Solidarity Center.
Confirmed speakers to date are Rev. Dr. Carl Kenney, II, Rev. Jennifer Copeland, Rebecca Cerese, Dr. Apurna Jonnal, and Darrel Stover.
This rally provides Triangle residents with an opportunity to make their voices heard and urge Congress to act in support of Medicare for All and better health care for all Americans.
WHAT: Peaceful Rally to Support Medicare for All
WHO: Concerned Citizens of the Triangle
WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 12N-1:30pm
WHERE: CCB Plaza, aka Major the Bull, 237 Corcoran Street, Downtown Durham
CONTACT: Jonathan Kotch, MD, email@example.com, 919.923.7990
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/930107137143919/
Flier for distribution: Dur-Rally-1-13-18