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If it's Monday, this must be Iowa

Just a reminder for single payer advocates: Monday, March 23, is the Health Care Reform meeting in Iowa, complete with protest demonstration organized by PNHP et al. If you happen to find yourself in downtown Des Moines, you might drop by.

Forum starts at 10:00 am at the Polk County Convention Complex (5th Ave. and Grand Ave., downtown Des Moines)

PNHP has a physician, Dr. Ron Lind, who will speak at a 9:00 am press conference and rally outside.

Geri Jenkins of California Nurses Association and Dr. Lind and Dr Niles of Physicians for a National Health Program have been invited into the forum. We are looking forward to an energetic rally outside he forum.

Contact Bill Gallagher, CNA for more details bgallagher@calnurses.org.

Viewing this through the 198 Sundays lens...

The PNHP rally is definitely method 47. Assemblies of protest or support, or perhaps method 16. Picketing,, along with methods 1. Public Speeches; 3. Declarations by organizations and institutions; 8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications; and 9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books.

If the press shows up and reports like they did for the Vermont meeting, we'll also have methods 10. Newspapers and journals and 11. Records, radio, and television.

And since, according to Healthcare-NOW!, this time some real, true single payer advocates -- members of Physicians for a National Health Program and California Nurses Association -- have been invited to join the forum inside, then [providing they are allowed to speak to the group], we also have method 13. Deputations [or perhaps method 15. Group lobbying].

I propose that those of us who can't make it to Iowa participate from afar with methods 2. Letters of opposition or support and 175. Overloading of facilities [or perhaps it's method 193. Overloading of administrative systems]. Send emails to both the White House and to the Health Reform people, thanking President Obama for including single payer advocates in this particular discussion. And if you can afford it, call and send faxes too.

Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

TTY/TDD
Comments: 202-456-6213

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Submitted by vastleft on

In the Vermont one, they called upon obviously planted pseudo-single-payer supporters who magically thought the Obama plan was a good compromise.

If it were a discussion of dietary reform, and they called upon a vegan, it would have gone something like this:

Well, yes, I am opposed to eating meat, but the president's plan seems like a good one. Big Macs include lettuce, pickles, and a sesame seed bun, and that seems like a sensible option that we can all get behind.