March Newsletter

 

Image: Baltimore Barnstorm

Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland has been a bunch of busy bees this February, cross-pollinating for Medicare for All across our beautiful state. 

In Baltimore and Columbia, we organized Barnstorms in collaboration with National Nurses United, Our Revolution, and Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America. Attendees pledged to lead or join a canvass to spread the message about Medicare For All. 

In Greenbelt, 60 people gathered for a special showing of Power to Heal, followed by a discussion about the impacts of racism and inequality on healthcare today. In Lanham, MD, we recorded a video of House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer reciting a list of industry-written excuses for not cosponsoring Medicare For All.

And in Washington, D.C., we stood next to Rep. Pramila Jayapal as she introduced HR-1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019. You can access a full copy of the bill by clicking here. 

In Maryland, Representatives John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin have signed on to cosponsor the bill. Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer, David Trone, and Andy Harris have still not signed on. Click here to locate your rep and tell them to join our fight.

We’ve already hosted canvasses in Prince George’s County and Baltimore. To organize your own canvass, visit medicare4all.org or send an email to brittany@hchrmd.org. We have prepared a set of printable flyers with background and information and talking points for each Member of Congress who hasn’t joined the fight.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

All Healthcare is a Human Right and Healthcare Now events are hosted at accessible locations unless noted otherwise.

National Labor Relations Board hearing 
on complaints of union busting by Johns Hopkins Hospital
March 6, 10 AM
Bank of America Center, Tower II, 6th floor, 100 S. Charles St., Baltimore

Howard County Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7pm-9pm
Howard County Central Library
10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044

Contact: hchrmaryland@gmail.com 

Power to Heal: Film Screening & Panel
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc
1101 Smithville St
Annapolis, MD 21401

Contact: pateto@vt.edu

Join the Anne Arundel Chapter of Healthcare is Human Right Maryland and Showing Up for Racial Justice Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (SURJ 3A) for a film screening and panel discussion of POWER TO HEAL, an hour-long documentary that tells one chapter in the continuing struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans.

Central to the story is the tale of how new legislation, Medicare and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. More info on the film can be found at www.blbfilmproductions.com

Afterward, we will have a panel-led discussion about inequality in healthcare today and the movement for universal healthcare.

Healthcare Now Baltimore Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7pm-9pm
Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
4 E University Pkwy
Baltimore, MD 21218

Contact: info@mdsinglepayer.org or 410-889-0329

Canvassing Events

Neighborhood canvassing can involve door knocking at houses in suburban areas that require a few steps to access. Crowd canvassing at metro stops and farmer's markets is more likely to be accessible. If you have questions about the accessibility of an event, contact the canvass leader using the information below. 

Anne Arundel County

Annapolis Medicare for All Canvass
April 27, 2019, time TBA
Home of Chrissy Holt
Contact: Chrissy (443) 271-4835

Baltimore City

Hampden Medicare for All Neighborhood Canvass
March 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Artifact Coffee, 1500 Union Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
Contact: Dan Brown (443-605-3847) or dcbrown@smcm.edu

Patterson Park / Kinetic Sculpture Race Canvass
May 4, 2019, 3:30 PM
2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224
Contact: Charles (202) 394-2172

Howard County

Columbia Medicare for All Phone Bank
March 5, 2009, 5:00 PM
Volunteer’s Home
9457 Greco Garth
Columbia, MD 21045
Contact: Megan 443-472-1045

Montgomery County 

Silver Spring Metro
Thursday, March 7, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Don Bosset - donbosset@gmail.com or 443-285-2450

Grosvenor Metro
Friday, March 8, 3:30 - 6pm
Ed Fischman - fischman.edward@yahoo.com

Bethesda: Sagamore Shopping Center/Bannockburn neighborhood
Saturday, March 9, time - TBD
Donna McGee - donna.mcgee@verizon.net

Shady Grove Metro
Wednesday, March 20, 4:30 - 6:30
Stefani Olsen - stefani.olsen@gmail.com

Bethesda: Wildwood Shopping Center, Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda
Saturday, March 23, Noon - 2pm
wmcook@gmail.com or 202-272-2455

Wheaton Metro
Wednesday, March 27, 3:30 - 6pm
rfollot1@verizon.net or

Prince George's County

Riverdale Park Medicare for All Neighborhood Canvass
Saturday, March 23, 1:00 PM
Empathy Media Lab
5512 Taylor Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737
evan_papp@yahoo.com or (240) 374-3925

 

News Roundup

Insurance Companies

Former Aetna Medical Director, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, admitted under oath that he never reviewed medical records before denying care to patients. One of our followers commented: “insurance companies… the only entities that practice medicine without a license”.

In an aggressive move against the growing popularity of Medicare For All, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a group representing insurers making massive profits off of Medicare Advantage Plans, gained 368 pledges from Members of Congress in support of Medicare Advantage. 

Disability Rights

Last week, news of the death of 47-year-old disability rights activist Carrie Ann Lucas sent a shock throughout our movement. Lucas’ insurer, United Healthcare, denied a prescription for an inhaled antibiotic in favor of a less effective drug – to save $2,000. This started a series of complications that eventually led to her death. 

In an article for Bustle titled “The Medicare For All conversation must include disabled people, because it’s life or death for us”, Mia Ives-Rublee welcomed the inclusion of long-term care in Rep. Jayapal’s bill as “a big step in the right direction”, but noted that Senator Sanders’ S-1804 was less progressive and had made disabled people suspicious about Medicare For All in general. 

Medicare for All

Timothy Faust, author of the forthcoming book Health Justice Now (pre-order here), published “The Only Guide to Medicare For All That You Will Ever Need” on Splinter. It’s a comprehensive look into the logic behind single payer – and the logic used against it. 

Imagine a health-care system where nobody is denied medicine based on their insurance”. , Dr. Devesh Madhav Vashishtha wrote in the Seattle Times.

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