November 16 at 5:30 at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in Southwest Harbor, the Ellsworth/MDI chapter of Maine AllCare will show the Movie, Fix-It, followed by a panel discussion. This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens....Continue reading
MAC Portland chapter screening of Now Is the Time, November 9 at South Portland Community Center. Lively discussion with panelists Henk Goorhuis, Marilyn McWilliams, and Delene Perley followed. Several new contacts were made, including a surgeon who expressed interest in joining the chapter....
MAC Bangor minutes 10/21/17 Members present: Andrew Sarto, Larry Dansinger, Tim Burns, Nate Shea, Carole Bodnar Treasurer’s Report – no checks written, same amount of money Common Ground report: main focus is to get the yellow cards, it was successful Movie in Waldo county (Now is the Time) report: successful, one person who was very vocal about not trusting government, handled appropriately – reported by Art Shea...Continue reading
Over thirty interested people from the Limerick area gathered on October 18 to watch the Now is the Time movie. A panel discussion followed. Patty O’Day-Senior organized the event together with Chris Cayer. Panelists included Board members Henk Goorhuis, Delene Perley, Marilyn McWilliams and Southern Maine Workers Center representative Melissa Dunn. ...
Ellsworth MAC Meeting October 19, 2017 Present Bruce Becque, Sam Bergman, Jean Rohrer, Susanne Forest, Valerie Dornan, Holly Duesenberry, Burt Wartell Agenda: Preparation for Open Houses suggested protocol presented by Bruce cf Toolkit link from Jeff Milliken (Bruce will forward to us) House party Sat Nov 11, 5pm Beth Wright...Continue reading
Maine AllCare Downeast Chapter September 17, 2017 meeting Minutes Howard Room, Blue Hill Library Attending: Lynn Cheney, Joe Lendvai, Liz Solet, Betsy Braunhut, Robert Grant, Jeff Milliken, Jon Albrecht, Hunt Gressitt, Kevin Ross, Phil Caper, Ruth Ryan, Bonnie Preston, Ted Fletcher, Barbara Eaton, Barbara Presson, Betsy Armstrong. Minutes: Liz Solet AGENDA ITEMS WHO DISCUSSION & NOTES INTRODUCTIONS OLD BUSINESS Approve August minutes All Motion; second;...Continue reading
On October 13, 2017, the Portland Press Herald published an important opinion piece written by Dr. Richard Dillihunt. Dr. Dillihunt is a retired surgeon, and a longstanding staunch advocate for universal healthcare. He has testified several times at the Maine State Legislature, most recently in May, on behalf of Rep. Heidi Brooks’ “Healthy Maine Act” to provide universal healthcare to everyone in Maine. Excerpts are published below....Continue reading
Even when someone with good insurance is a skilled navigator of our complex and dysfunctional healthcare system, she can be overwhelmed by the stresses and costs that accrue when finding and receiving care for serious illnesses. This powerful story by Suzanne Carver articulates some of the problems associated our healthcare system, problems that would be eliminated with a single publicly funded healthcare plan for all. My child’s...Continue reading
“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...Continue reading
Stonington Healthcare Forum By Joe Lendvai Maine State Representative Walter Kumiega of Little Deer Isle, pictured center with microphone in hand, makes a point about the correlation between poverty and poor health as part of public discussion over the future of healthcare in Maine. Other members of the expert panel that answered questions from the audience at the Stonington Opera House Healthcare Forum on Sunday, September 24th...Continue reading