Keeping busy for single-payer advocates
In the unlikely event that you don't have enough to do, here are some single-payer healthcare events for your amusement:
Labor Day parades turn out to be a big venue for promoting single payer healthcare. You may want to check out your local event. Here in Pittsburgh we'll be handing out leaflets, as well as marching with the letter carriers. If any of you Pittsburghers want to come, look for us at "Freedom Corner" (Center and Crawford) or at the City-County Building before the parade. Most of us will be wearing red or orange shirts.
HealthCare-Now! is having their second annual Health Care Justice Vigil at the Lincoln Memorial on September 22nd, as well as other activities in D.C. throughout the day. Here in Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare is organizing our own local vigil at the same time (September 22nd at 7:00 PM). The place is still to be determined, but if you're local, save the date! I suppose we'll be lighting candles, but no one has proposed singing Kumbayah, so it should be safe.
HealthCare-Now! is also sponsoring a road show starring Donna Smith of Sicko fame, which will be touring upstate New York from September 4th through September 15th.
Incidentally, the word from those who hobnobbed with big Dems at the Platform Committee meeting here suggests that at least one very experienced politician thinks there's about a 70% chance President Obama would support single-payer once he is in office. In more Obama news, we were discussing electoral prospects in PA's 3rd Congressional District (Erie down to Butler), and someone who lives there claims the Obama voter registration/GOTV work there has swelled the ranks of Democrats to the point where it could swing the election to the Dem challenger Dahlkemper (who, however, has not committed to single-payer, which seems to be a very hard sell out there in the rural areas).
Finally, on the joke front, someone was handing out leaflets at a local event recently, asked a woman if she knew what single payer health care was, and got the reply, "Sure, it's when a single person pays for their own health care." Truth. I guess we still have a lot of work to do.
(Update: edited to add the date for the vigil, duh.)