It's Not All About the Benjamins.

It's not all about the benjamins.

On Monday, Tony Cani and Michael Chapman of Change That Works campaign, a project of the Service Employees International Union which is focused on building a grassroots network across the country in support of healthcare reform, joined us to talk about healthcare. Michael, a registered nurse, told us one particularly harrowing story of a man who, along with his family, was living the American dream until a healthcare crisis took it all away.

You can listen to our interview with Michael and Tony here or by clicking on the arrow below.

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Tomorrow, you can join Michael, Tony, and other Nashvillians in support of healthcare reform as they gather at 12 noon at Congressman Jim Cooper’s office on Church Street to sign a “Declaration for Affordable Healthcare” and to present personal mementos demonstrating what they have had to give up in order to afford health insurance coverage.

This event has been coordinated with other events organized nationwide by the SEIU and Change That Works to call on Congress “to make healthcare more affordable, give people the freedom to choose their coverage, and offer the working people the same quality healthcare that members of Congress receive.”

Congressman Cooper’s office is located at 605 Church Street (at the downtown public library).

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6 Responses to “Declare for Healthcare Wednesday at Noon”

  1. Eric O'Daire says:

    FINALLY, someone who understands! Thanks, eldano!!!

  2. eldano says:

    Mr. O’Daire, I give you the VA. This is what government-run healthcare looks like right now. I will continue to beat this drum: getting VA-quality healthcare is the best outcome we could hope for. I can only hope that we get there soon.

  3. Eric O'Daire says:

    Oh, and another thing. It’s a proven fact that anything run by the government is a complete failure. Just look at the DMV. You wouldn’t want our health care system to look like that, would ya? And you should check out the movie Article 99, with Kiefer Sutherland and Ray Liotta. That’s pretty much what our health care system will look like if we socialize health care.

  4. Eric O'Daire says:

    Actually, Mr. Chapman, I know plenty of people who would gladly trade their health care system for ours. Let’s face it, we have some of the best doctors in the world. Did you know that I would not be alive if it weren’t for Doctor Bill Frist? (Yes, there are actually Republican doctors out there!!) He saved my mother’s life, MY MOTHER WHO HAD NO HEALTH INSURANCE AT THE TIME, WHO HAD TO PAY OUT OF POCKET!!! So don’t give me your bullshit about people waiting 20 minutes to for a heart attack. Because I don’t buy it.

  5. NO, seven hours for a gun shot wound might depending the location of the wound would be a long time but a dislocated shoulder might take just that long. You see in many cases he would have to have an xray, and MRI and then wait for an orthopedic specialist to put the shoulder back in place. I can tell you I have had a patient who didn’t have there arm set for nearly 24hrs after it had been broken because the specialist that needed to cast the arm was not available until then. So only in America.

    It is not uncommon in America to wait many hours in an ER for treatment to include non lethal gun shot wounds and dislocations. Just because you are wheeled to the back does not mean you are done or even treated yet just that you are in line to be seen. The wait time in US emergency rooms is getting longer. Recent studies are showing an average of 20 minutes for a heart attack at some US emergency rooms. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/15/eveningnews/main3718223.shtml

    I would ask that you look at how many people in France, England, Canada or Germany would trade their system of health care for ours. The answer is not as many as would gladly trade no insurance for their system.

    This is why as President Obama has stated we need our own system that provides coverage for all but that is American. The public option that allows for all to have affordable, quality care is in my opinion the answer that may allow many who use our emargency rooms as their primary form of care to ease the burden on our ER’s and use their primary care Physician for their routine non life threatening care.

  6. Eric O'Daire says:

    It’s kinda funny. I have a friend who likes to travel around a lot. One day he decides he wants to go to Europe. He hops on a plane that goes to Italy, (which, by the way, has socialized health care). So he stays there a couple of days, and one day he dislocates his shoulder playing a friendly game of frisbee. So he is rushed to the hospital. It takes him seven hours to get the medical attention that he needs. SEVEN HOURS!!! Can you imagine an American waiting for a gunshot wound for seven hours in the emergency room? Just thought I’d throw that out there.

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