Maine AllCare October 2017 Newsletter

“Incredible Support” for Universal Health Care

The highlight for many Mainers during the month of September is the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. This was certainly true for the Maine AllCare field team who had a table in the Social & Political Action tent during all three days. Thanks to an incredible show of support from volunteers across the state, they were able to exceed our goals each day!

Here are the new supporter numbers from the fair:
Day 1: Goal 125, Actual 186
Day 2: Goal 250, Actual 260
Day 3: Goal 150, Actual 210

In addition to collecting 656 support cards, we raised $417 and identified dozens of new volunteers. Every single person who signed up for a shift showed up to help… AND MORE! On a typical campaign, an organizer is happy if 60% of volunteers show up to an event. At the Common Ground Fair, we had 110% participation rate. This is a testament to the amazing people who are working on this initiative and how important universal healthcare is to the people of Maine.

Our next focus: Election Day – November 7

The field team is now shifting focus to the November election. We are planning to have a table at many of the polling locations across the state. This is expected to be the biggest opportunity to identify supporters this year. We have a goal of collecting 3,000 support cards from over fifty locations. In order to make this happen, we need your help! If you are able to spend a few hours tabling at your polling location on Election Day, please fill out the form below or contact Chris Cayer directly at ccayer@maineallcare.org / (207) 391-5989

Form to sign up to volunteer at the polls: https://maineallcare.nationbuilder.com/election_day

Maine AllCare Supports Question 2 for Medicaid Expansion

Question 2, on the November 7, 2017 referendum ballot will ask Mainers if they want to expand Medicaid – a federal-state partnership which provides quality healthcare to low-income families.

Maine AllCare asks you to take action to support Medicaid expansion in Maine, which would provide healthcare coverage to approximately 70,000 Mainers that are currently unable to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. http://mainersforhealthcare.org/take-action/
On November 7, 2017:
Vote YES on Question 2!

Chapter News and Events

Our 9 Maine AllCare chapters continue to meet monthly and to hold events and activities about universal healthcare for Maine. Visit our event calendar to find a chapter meeting or upcoming event near you.
If you would like to hold an event or start a chapter, please contact Marilyn McWilliams, Maine AllCare’s chapter coordinator at marilyncmcwilliams@gmail.com
If you would like to VOLUNTEER, click here.

Single payer activists and Baucus’ protesters celebrate ‘bittersweet victory

On September 8th, former Senator Max Baucus announced that it’s time for America to consider seriously a single-payer, government-run health system. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/montana_state_university/baucus-backs-single-payer-health-system/article_e481abc1-3bf0-55f2-a49e-c9786a1f11a6.html

It was a stunning announcement from the Senator, who refused to put single-payer “on the table” during the Senate Finance Committee hearings on the Affordable Care Act in 2009. In response to the specific exclusion of single-payer from the hearings, a group of notable single payer activists – the Baucus 8 – protested. The Baucus 8 made their points as Max Baucus got his capitol police to escort them out, one at a time.
C-SPAN: The Baucus 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKP05AyfRsI

More protesters disrupted the next hearing, and the Baucus 8 became the Baucus 13, including Maine activist, Jerry Call, from Thomaston.
Democracy Now: Baucus’s Raucous Caucus: Doctors, Nurses and Activists Arrested Again for Protesting Exclusion of Single-Payer Advocates at Senate Hearing on Healthcare https://www.democracynow.org/2009/5/13/baucus_raucus_caucus_doctors_nurses_and

The Baucus protesters have never given up, and their actions inspired others to join the grassroots movement. Eight years later, Senator Max Baucus now says that it is time to seriously consider a single-payer, government-run health system. “It’s going to happen,” he says.

To quote Dr. Don McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program: “It is tempting to celebrate this as a victory for the Baucus 8 over Max Baucus, but actually it is more than that. It is a bittersweet victory for all of us, including Max Baucus. It is tragic that so many have continued to face unnecessary financial hardship, physical suffering and even death over the past eight years. But the victory is that the message got through. Single payer is now inevitable.”

At this moment of Max Baucus’ epiphany, Maine AllCare gives special thanks to the Baucus 13 for underscoring the importance of grassroots organizing and protest. We dedicate this edition of Maine AllCare News to the memory of Jerry Call who also was a founding board member of Maine AllCare, and whose activism continues to inspire the members of the Rockland-Knox County chapter.

Meet the newest member of the Maine AllCare Board

The Maine AllCare Board of Directors has unanimously elected Dr. Larry Kaplan to a 3 year term. A native of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Larry is a retired gastroenterologist who moved to Maine in 2016. With an MPA in healthcare financing and conflict resolution from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Larry brings multiple perspectives to the board. He served as clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, as a board member of two major health insurance companies, as board chairman of a large Twin City multi-speciality medical group, and as president and CEO of MetroWest Medical Center. With 30 years of clinical practice, Larry has had special interests in studying certificate of need regulations, legislating medical malpractice reform, controlling medication costs, and identifying a basic, affordable, healthcare insurance package.
Larry has been active in various international emergency medical relief missions (Cambodia, India, Nicaragua, Haiti). After the January 2010 Haitian earthquake, he founded Cite Soleil Opportunity Council, a community development organization in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Thank You for Your Help!

106,000 Mainers are uninsured and an estimated 200,000 or more are under-insured. We need your help to change that. We are increasing our efforts to build an informed and unified movement across our state to support a universal healthcare system and help us carry the mission forward. Give today to fuel our education and awareness work this fall to return healthcare to its real mission: maintaining health and healing the sick.
DONATE NOW. Maine AllCare is a chapter of PNHP, Physicians for National Health Program. Your donation is tax deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code, to the full extent allowable, as you receive no goods or services in return.
You can make an on-line donation at https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=139119
OR send your check to Maine AllCare, PO Box 5015, Portland, ME 04101.

For more information about Maine AllCare,
visit our NEW! website www.maineallcare.org or contact us at info@maineallcare.org