Maine’s Support for Universal Healthcare Is Growing!

In Maine and the USA, we are living in unusual and tumultuous times. Resistance, persistence, and advocacy. Healthcare is one of the daily topics in the news. Now is the time to get the word out about health care for EVERYONE in Maine. Healthcare rallies in support of the ACA have repeatedly become calls for “Improved Medicare for All in Maine: simple, sensible, and fair.”

Films and YouTube videos.

If your group is interested in screening any of the films mentioned here please let us know. We will try our best to schedule a showing in your community along with a discussion on how we, in Maine, can achieve health care for everyone.

FIX IT – Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink

Big Money Agenda

Now is the time: Healthcare for everybody

The powerful movie shows core problems with the US healthcare “system” and the obstacles to change. Interviews with key players and archival video from Senate ACA hearings and Vermont single-payer efforts are gripping, the graphics are helpful, and the filmmakers’ first person healthcare disaster stories ground the film in 2016 realities.

One viewer said, “It underscored the disgraceful posture and behavior of Obama and the Democrats surrounding the enactment of the ACA, a law that leaves many uninsured or grossly underinsured, nicely demonstrating the moral bankruptcy at the law's core inasmuch as the law was largely shaped by the health insurance industry, which continues to game the system to avoid paying for needed care.’”

Another commented, “Now I get it- costs skyrocket because our system is profit-driven, so mega-merging institutions (like Mass General Hospital) raise prices, big Pharma is unrestrained, and insurance companies keep profits up through government collusion with network-narrowing, lemon-dropping and cherry-picking!”

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Mainers Relate Experiences in Other Countries

Many people in Maine have lived in other countries where healthcare is universal. In this video they share some of those experiences. The contrast to our own experience here is stark. No one with such an experience prefers the United States "system." Certainly we can learn from their experiences. This is on facebook and therefore available any time you would like to use it/view it.

Health Care: We Can Fix It.

This YouTube video is just 11 1/2 minutes long. It compares Sweden and Seattle's healthcare. We could easily substitute Maine for Washington State. Take a look!

Ever wonder how our health care system stacks up to other leading nations? Americans live with more stress, expense and financial risk while a tried-and-tested solution lies close at hand. It's time to fix this. Find out what ties together Chile, Mexico, Turkey and the United States among industrialized nations.

Big Pharma: Market Failure

Big Pharma: Market Failure explores the problem of extreme drug prices in the US and how drug cost impacts on the public, on businesses and the overall US economy.

This documentary makes an effective business case for realizable change. It digs deep to answer key questions. How much do pharma companies really spend on research and development of truly innovative drugs? Do "free market" principles impact on drug prices and help control cost? Do the normal rules of business apply to the pharma industry? How do TV ads impact consumers and doctors?
Can we create a solution that makes business sense for employers and health sense for employees? It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it.


Now is the time: Healthcare for everybody

The Healthcare Movie:

Reading List

If there is an area of agreement among most Americans about our health care system today, it is about its complexity. In order to improve it, citizens must develop some level of understanding of how the system operates – or doesn't, depending on your perspective – and who the key players are. We have received suggestions from a number of experts and pulled together a Reading List that will help educate people interested in making health care universally accessible, affordable and effective.

American Health Care System

  • Clifton Leaf - The Truth in Small Doses - Why We're Losing the War on Cancer - and How to Win It, Simon and Shuster – 2013
  • Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh - Medicare Meltdown: How Washington and Wall Street Are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It - Rowman and Littlefield – 2013
  • Paul Starr - The Social Transformation of American Medicine – 1984
  • Arnold Relman - A Second Opinion – 2007
  • Maggie Mahar - Money-driven Medicine – 2006
  • Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle  - Uninsured in America - 2006
  • Philip Bredesen - Fresh Medicine –– 2010
  • Barlett and Steele - Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business – and Bad Medicine - 2005
  • Jonathan Cohn – The Untold Story of American’s Health Care Crisis – Reed-Elsevier – April, 2007
  • David Cutler – Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America’s Health Care System – Oxford University Press – 2004
  • Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity - Marc Roberts, William Hsiao, Peter Berman and Michael Reich - 2008
  • Pickett and Wilkenson - The Spirit Level – Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger – 2009
  • Blumenthal and Morone - The Heart of Power - University of California Press - 2009
  • Wendell Potter - Deadly Spin - 2010
  • T.R. Reid – The Healing of America - 2010
  • Altman and Schactman - Power, Politics and Universal Health Care - Prometheus - 2011
  • Jacobs and Skocpol - Health Care Reform and American Politics - Oxford U. Press - 2012
  • Stiglitz - The Economists Voice 2.0: The FInancial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More - Columbia U. Press - 2012


Medical Practice

  • Bernard Lown  - The Lost Art of Healing –1999
  • Shannon Brownlee - Overtreated – 2007
  • Gibson and Singh  - The Treatment Trap - 2010
  • Otis Webb Brawley and Paul Goldberg - How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America - 2012

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Jerry Avorn – Powerful Medicines – 2004
  • Marcia Angell - The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It-– 2005
  • Jerry Kassirer - On The Take – 2005
  • Jacky Law – Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda – Avalon – 2006
  • John Abramson - Overdosed America – 2008
  • Melody Peterson - Our Daily Meds – 2009