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News – White House health care forum in Iowa

de-moinesNurses Rally for Single-Payer at White House Forum in Des Moines: CNA/NNOC  Co-President Geri Jenkins, RN and members of the Minnesota Nurses Association sound call for single-payer, guaranteed healthcare for all at the White House Forum on Healthcare March 23 in Des Moines, Iowa.


Protesters outside and inside White House health care forum in Iowa

There were protesters outside and inside this morning’s White House health care forum in Des Moines.    By O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa

About 20 protesters stood on the street outside, waving signs and chanting. A psychiatrist from University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City stood in the middle of the group, wearing his white lab coat and chanting “Everybody in, nobody out” along with the others.  Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program. “‘Everybody in, nobody out’ truly universal health care. Universal health care has become a buzz word in the elections, but if you look at the proposals people are proposing, they truly do not intend to cover everybody,” the doctor said. “…We’re interested in everybody being covered.”  

Once the forum got underway, protester Mona Shaw of Iowa City stood to call the event “shameful” because health insurance companies were participating. As she was escorted out of the event hall, Shaw accused insurance companies of ignoring the needs of their customers. “Governor Culver has taken $20,000 from Blue Cross-Blue Shield, of course he’s not going to let the insurance industry take any of the flack for this,” Shaw shouted toward reporters as she left. “Iowans are dying.” (Read the entire story)

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters / By Kay Henderson) – The latest White House regional forum on healthcare drew protests and complaints on Monday along with a promise that government-run insurance was at least on the table for discussion.

“Why are we having this shameful event?” said Mona Shaw, a political activist, at the start of the session. “People are dying,” she said, because of what she termed a callous insurance industry. (Read the entire story)

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Call, write or e-mail your representatives and tell them they need to support Single Payer  HR676 & tell them to also advise SenatorMax Baucus that they support Single Payer HR676   LINK

Call or Fax Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is on the table!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)     (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

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