From JANIE SHEPPARD
June 26, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
Thirty-five inland Mendocino County residents demonstrated in the noonday sun to show Congressman Mike Thompson that there is strong support for single payer health care reform in his Congressional district.
Demonstrating were a small business owner, politicians, a doctor, several retirees, and members of the Ukiah Valley Democratic Party. In other words, people from all walks of life came together to show their support for single payer health care reform.
The ambiance was friendly; there were no hecklers, unlike Friday evening demonstrations for peace where a couple of hecklers can be counted on to shout epithets at the demonstrators. Could there be more support for health care reform than for peace? That’s what it looks like. Perhaps it’s because, as one demonstrator’s sign showed, health care is an out of pocket expense whereas war is covered by our taxes. We don’t see the tax money; we do see the health care money go to insurance companies that thrive by overcharging and cherry picking whom they choose to insure.
To put health care on the same footing as war, it would be paid for with tax revenues. Everyone would receive the benefits, not just those with lots of money who have never been sick. Is that so much to ask? We don’t think so, Congressman Thompson.
Support H.R. 676, the bill that, if enacted, would give all your constituents health care without worrying about paying for it.
Photos Credit: Janie Sheppard