We’ve Lit a Fire, Now We Need to Fan It
A Populist Health Care Rebellion is Brewing
By Kevin Zeese
Last week when I was one of the Baucus Eight, so-named because eight of us were arrested before Sen. Baucus urging single payer health care, I hoped others would join us. Yesterday, they did. And, the single payer movement grew stronger.
Before the hearing I joined nearly 50 people in a spirited protest outside a U.S. Senate building letting all who entered know we wanted a single payer national health care plan.
And, inside there were a series of protests.
As the hearing began, and Sen. Baucus was speaking a group of about 30 nurses, dressed in their red hospital uniforms, stood up and turned their backs on Baucus. They had pinned to their backs: “Nurses Say: Stop AHIP. Pass Single Payer.” (AHIP is
The nurses left the room to applause.
Then doctors, nurses and advocates stood up and one by one and spoke directly to Senator Baucus.
DeAnn McEwen, a registered nurse from
Then, another RN from
She was followed by Dr. Judy Dasovich of
Dr. Steven Fenichel of
Jerry Call, a member of Physicians for a National Health Program from South Thomaston,
All five were arrested and taken away for booking. They were charged with Disruption of Congress, the same offense I will go to court for on May 26th.
Now, 13 have been arrested – the Baucus 8 have morphed into the Baucus 13 – demanding a seat at the table; merely urging that the most popular health reform among the people as well as among doctors, nurses and economists be part of the conversation.
Outside as each new Baucus criminal was walked before the crowd, now approximately 75 people -- they were all cheered.
These are the democracy heroes. These are the types of people that change the equation from money and profits to people and human rights.
Tomorrow, there will be a march to the senate, a rally and an afternoon of nearly 1,000 people lobbying for real health care reform. An end to corporate insurance profiting from illness and not allowing doctors to practice medicine and nurses to care for patients.
We have lit a fire, now we must fan the flame into a populist movement that breaks the corporate stranglehold in
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For a series of photos showing nurses and doctors being arrested in protest for single payer health care click the link below: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16992253@N06/3526172446/
Kevin Zeese is Executive Director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics (www.FreshAirCleanPolitics.net) whose projects include Voters for Peace (www.VotersForPeace.US., Prosperity Agenda (www.ProsperityAgenda.US), True Vote and Climate Security (www.GlobalClimateSecurity.org)