Here I am, Marilyn Clement – sick as a dog! I helped found Healthcare-NOW some four years ago when we held a national conference with people from all over the country. Now, despite adversity of the worst kind, I am still here, but dependent on you to push forward this great movement that we have built.
“Your health is everything.” How often have you heard that said? “Your body is your temple.” “You are nothing without your health.” “You are so lucky to have your health.” SOUNDS LIKE MY MOTHER.
SOUND LIKE YOUR MOTHER. TOO? BORING…until you get sick with something like multiple myeloma cancer, or caught in a train wreck, or swept up by a hurricane or tornado. The cancer is the one that surprised me in June of this year, and buried my activities as the National Coordinator of Healthcare-NOW. The train wreck happened on September 15th when 23 people died and untold others were crushed and hospitalized and injured for life. Hurricane Ike killed and ruined thousands of people. These calamities are on top of the 50,000,000 who had no health insurance at all that week. As the financial marketplace staggers, even more millions won’t be able to afford healthcare for themselves and their families.
THERE IS AN EASY ANSWER to the crisis of inadequate coverage and the overwhelming dilemma of no coverage at all for millions more.
The answer is Medicare for All. Enhanced and Improved Medicare will give us a national healthcare system that will cover everyone with the best possible health care for the least amount of money. As a nation, we can afford it. The answer is to end the privatization of health care. With the amount of money our nation now spends on healthcare, we can cover everybody – and with better care. Healthcare should belong to all of us … just see what a difference it made in the economies of the most progressive countries – Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden.
Try being sick in one of those countries and see how easy it is to get the healthcare you need – whether in a hospital or from a private doctor – with full choice of treatment and doctor at every level.
YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. This is what we want. This is what we can have. Just check the items on these pages to see what you can do to help us win single-payer national health insurance under a Congressional bill already in the House of Representatives – HR 676.
Thanks for clicking on www.healthcare-now.org. We need you!
National Coordinator, Healthcare-NOW
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.