Washington ME – On Saturday November 4th the Gibbs Library was host to an important public discussion on healthcare reform. The screening of the film FIX IT – Health Care at the Tipping Point was part of a “House Party” at the library, organized by Valerie Dornan from the Maine AllCare Ellsworth-MDI Chapter. Four other members of Maine AllCare, a non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization, served as panel members and answered questions from the audience.
Virtually all of the 17 people present were supportive of universal, publicly funded healthcare. The recent passage by Maine voters of Question 2 to expand Medicaid in our state highlights this growing support.
The need to engage young people in healthcare reform was another important theme of the discussion. And everyone agreed on the key role libraries can play in informing the Maine public about issues that affect all of us, such as access to healthcare. This film, FIX IT, as well as other award-winning documentaries about healthcare are now available from the Gibbs Library. They can also be viewed online free, including the latest film, Big Pharma – Market Failure.