Source: Email Message from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree – March 13, 2017
Maine AllCare recognized as “Community Pollinator” – a good thing!
Portland – March 11, 2017
At their annual meeting The Souther Maine Workers Center (SMWC) presented Maine AllCare with their Community Pollinator Award. It was given as recognition of our work in educating the public about the need for quality, affordable health care for everyone in Maine. Delene Perley, secretary to the Board accepted the award on behalf of two former Maine AllCare Board members, John Newton and Jim Perley. Two current Board members, Bill Clark MD and Marilyn McWilliams, were cited for their energy and passion for Healthcare as a Human Right.
Maine AllCare is working in coalition with the Maine Nurses Association and The Southern Maine Workers Center to transform our current commodity based system into one that is publicly funded, fair and equitable, thus accessible to every Maine resident. Importantly, once implemented, it will cost less than today’s insurance based system. A Medicare for All type of system, whether state based or national in scope, will benefit employers and employees alike thanks to its simplicity and lower cost.
We thank the SMWC for this award and urge other human rights oriented organizations in Maine to join us in our common effort toward universal healthcare. It represents the best of our humanity, a financial winner, and it is the right thing to do.
New signs Maine AllCare supporters will be carrying at the Portland Monument Square RALLY on February 18th. Please click on image to see each. If you have an idea for a great sign promoting health care for everyone, one that will resonate with Mainers, please email us and share it. We will print it and use it at our subsequent events. Thank you.
Our new bumper stickers are here and ready to be mailed to you!
Please show your support for universal health care by making an online contribution of $4 or more and we’ll mail to you one of these bright, colorful 10x3 inch bumper stickers. HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE IN MAINE is a clear message to your community. It affirms that you support a transition to a publicly funded system of comprehensive care accessible to every person in our state – one that will improve both individual health and business productivity, and will costs less overall than what we are paying today.
We welcome contributions in any amount – they are tax deductible – but our main goal is to increase visible support in each community throughout our state.
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Editor’s note: The Congressional Budget Office, CBO, just scored the new Republican health care bill, the so-called American Health Care Act. The result: 14 million Americans will lose their health insurance in 2018; and 24 million by 2026. That would bring the total uninsured to 52 million people.
In her essay, patient activist Donna Smith nails the problem and offers a solution.
No Politico Wants to Know: We Are Patients
By Donna Smith - Common Dreams - March 11, 2017
It is hell out here for patients right now in America. There may be a swampy, dirty-flash flood going on in D.C. right now, but there are precious few elected officials who see patients as patients. We are health industry consumers. We are political props for both sides of another ridiculous, costly and futile battle over who will please the industry and its political champions enough — who will grow profits across the board. Patients are on the losing end of this upheaval.
Patients haven’t had access to our doctors without the elephant in the room for a very long time now, and that elephant is greed, plain and simple. Until we decide that healthcare access through the expansion of Medicare is the best way to finally re-engage around healthcare for patients who need it, we will fail. Until we move away from greed-driven, winner-takes-all motivation for measuring health system success, we will not break the cycle of going from one dysfunctional model to another.
(Read the entire essay here)
People's Forum on the Human Right to Health Care
February 18, 2017 RALLY in Portland
A diverse group of over 300 people gathered at Portland’s Monument Square for a noon rally on Saturday, February 18th in support of health care as a human right. Coalition sponsors included the Southern Maine Workers Center (SMWC) and Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) and Maine AllCare. Ronald Flannery from SMWC served as master of ceremony. Marilyn McWilliams spoke for Maine AllCare about our vision for publicly funded, guaranteed health care for all.
After the speeches the group marched to Sen. Susan Collins’ office at 1 Canal Plaza to request a meeting with the Senator to discuss the best and most economical way to achieve guaranteed healthcare for every Maine resident. They invited the Senator, along with other public officials, to March 27th meeting. Details are being worked out. We will keep you informed.
Proposal for true "patient freedom” – Healthcare for all Maine
February 16, 2017
We of Maine AllCare believe in Healthcare for Everyone in Maine. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have seemingly surrendered on any national initiative to cover all Americans. One state will probably lead the way by covering its residents. Why not Maine?
America treats healthcare as a commodity like automobiles, where profits, return to investors and sales and marketing initiatives are king. Yet millions who cannot afford this commodity suffer untreated illnesses, even death, or financial ruin due to healthcare costs. Economic impacts such as lost workdays cost employers and employees billions, and uncompensated care is crippling hospitals that are major employers. Universal healthcare coverage is more than an inspiration of morality, it is an economic necessity.
“The status quo is unsustainable, for patients, for workers and for employers" said Henk Goorhuis, MD, Board Chair of Maine AllCare at a recent national meeting of the activist organization ‘Healthcare Now.’” “Further, the ideas pushed by the Republican majority in Congress, which are based on even more privatization and patient cost-sharing, would only exacerbate our citizens’ healthcare access problems.” Available data show that this could mean an additional tens of thousands of unnecessary, preventable deaths, according to a January 23rd Washington Post article by NYU physicians David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler. Read More
What Can Maine Doctors Do?
Return medicine to its healing roots — help educate and advocate for universal, single-payer health care that covers every Maine resident
- Join Maine AllCare mailing list, and volunteer to help, including supporting financially
- Join PNHP — www.pnhp.org
- Visit our websites regularly — www.maineallcare.org & www.philcaper.net for more information
- Organize and make your voices heard through the Maine Medical Association
- Doctors have lost influence during the past 30 years or so, but we are far from powerless – they don’t have much of a business without us!
- Doctors are still influential – make your views known
- Write op-eds and letters to the Editor of your local paper
- Testify in person and in writing before the relevant legislative committees when legislation affecting health care is being considered. MAC can help organize these efforts
- Organize speaking events directed at professions and lay audiences for Maine AllCare speakers
- Grand rounds
- Local and specialty medical societies
- Community forums, church groups, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Chambers of Commerce
If you have ideas about how else we might advance the cause of universal health care here in Maine, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and and put "Idea" in the Subject line. Thank you.