Barry Hermanson encourages advocates in the fight for good, affordable health care to embody the slogan “Don’t mourn. Organize!”, while acknowledging that winning is difficult, but not impossible. Hermanson also proclaims the reality of value in numbers – the more people engaged in the struggle, the greater the possibility of claiming the prize.
A killer like healthcare denial or scarcity is still free to claim lives and roam our neighborhoods in spite of all kinds of laws passed in the name of justice and equality.
In other countries, people enjoy better healthcare at lower cost. Everyone has access to healthcare and average life expectancy is greater. In Canada, with their version of Medicare for All, no one goes bankrupt because of healthcare expenses. In the U.S., healthcare bankrupts more than a million every year. In a recent Kaiser poll, 81 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of all voters supported an Improved and Expanded Medicare for All. What is being done to move us in that direction?
Three of the largest churches in Los Angeles County – First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles (FAME), Faithful Central Bible Church and City of Refuge Church – joined forces with Covered California over MLK Jr. Day weekend to reach the African American community with a message that health insurance is now a right that is available to everyone, and it is time to exercise that right by enrolling and getting family and friends to enroll.
There was a sense of shock and disbelief when news was released about the death of Thomas Eric Duncan on Oct. 8 at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The Liberian-born 42-year-old was the first reported case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which emerged in the U.S. and resulted in death. Reports during the week of Oct. 6 mentioned that Duncan’s medical condition was worsening and that he was “fighting for his life.”
The deadline to choose a health plan for you and your family is Monday, March 31. If you’re in California, go to the website Covered California, www.coveredca.com, to sign up. (Those in other states visit www.healthcare.gov.) We at the Bay View would like to find out what our readers have experienced since the official launch of the Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, in October of 2013.