Sunday, June 22, 2008

Everybody in! Nobody out!

On Thursday June 19th in San Francisco 3000 nurses, patients, community leaders and activists joined together for a rally in favor of publicly funded, privately delivered health care for all.

Rally at San Francisco's Moscone Center against AHIP 6/19/2008 from Michelle Klein-Hass on Vimeo.

Private Health Insurance companies have been put on notice. Their waste and greed have got to go. They have got to go.

Listen to Hilda Sarkisyan's speech. She is the mother of Nataline Sarkisyan who died last December because Cigna did not approve a liver transplant for her until the day she died. This is the kind of harm that these people cause.

Senator Obama and Senator McCain listen up: The nurses and patients and everybody else are telling you, "We want guaranteed health care! We want Single Payer Universal Health Care! We want Privately Delivered, Publicly Funded Universal Health Care! We want HR 676. We in California want SB 840! And we need it NOW!"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping Nightingale's lamp glowing! As nurses, we have a traditional, moral, and ethical responsibility to expose threats and remove barriers to safe, therapeutic, and effective health care. We've made an assessment: Insurance companies are a pox upon us.

Public health care is a resource we all must share; it's not a commodity! Public health care is a service; a responsibility of government--for the common defense of our very lives.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the ability to pursue happiness. Without our health, we lose it all. Insurance companies are robbing us of that; there's enough money to meet everyone's need, but not enough for insurer's greed.

Are we gonna just stand by and pay lip service to our tradition of advocacy in the public interest? Or are we gonna fight to keep the MediCare that we have, and make it better: everyone in, nobody out! I say we fight!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Sue Cannon, PhD, RN said...

Thanks Anonymous. You are right on! We will fight on and if insurers or governors or Congress gets in our way we will roll right over them. We have our patients best interest in mind and we are determined to get for them the care they need.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Michelle Klein-Hass said...

Oh thanks, Sue!!! Thank you for posting my video on your blog!! Going to be working on a new one...seems like McCain wants to tax people's health insurance. People need to know about this.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Sue Cannon, PhD, RN said...

Thanks for all the great work you do, Michelle!

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sue,

As I had never clicked on your DailyKos user name before, I didn't realize that you are "ludlow," nor did I realize that you are one of the nurses who has put herself on the line for single-payer. (I just found Becky L. on facebook -- I don't participate there very often -- and in response to something I'd written on my facebook wall about the issue, she mentioned that you were in DC to go to your arraignment.)

I hope things went/will go well for you in court. It is absolutely outrageous that the U.S.A. STILL does not have the kind of health care that I have enjoyed here in France for the past (going on) eight years.

We like living in France, but now we are pretty much stuck here: we cannot afford to move back until the health care issue is resolved (we'd probably be able to get health insurance, but anything that we'd try to get treated would probably result in "claim denied" on account of preexisting conditions, real or invented by the insurer).

I will look for your diaries and comments on DailyKos from now on, and I've now bookmarked this site. Again, many, many thanks for your willingness to stand up and fight for Americans' right to decent, affordable, not-for-profit health care.

With love and great respect,
(please click on my DailyKos username and drop me a line at my email address in my profile; I tried sending this under my real name to your listed email address, but it bounced)

6:00 PM  
Blogger Sue Cannon, PhD, RN said...

Thanks mofembot! I greatly appreciate your kind words!

6:48 PM  

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