health care reform!

Did you know that more than 400,000 Minnesotans do not have health insurance?  And 1.3 million Minnesotans who do have health care spend more than 10% of their income on health care?  These numbers make me sick (pun intended) and you know with lay-offs the numbers are only to get worse.

Fortunately, progressive Twin Citians are organizing.  The Twin Cities Health Reform Task Force (whew, long name!) met for the first time last night.  There’s something inspiring about being one of a few young people in the midst of mostly middle-aged folks who care deeply about making something better for their communities.  The group is part of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, which is one of a few orgs around the state working toward to creating a single-payer system in Minnesota.

The next big event is a rally at the State Capitol on January 5.  Inform yourself.

2 Comments so far

  1. Donavon (brash) on December 12th, 2008 @ 8:38 am

    People like you make me sick. It’s irresponsible and reprehensible of you to advocate things like comprehensive health care reform at a time when the economy is circling the drain. How are we supposed to pay for affordable, accessible health care? Raise taxes? Cripple our employers with health care costs being forced upon them? I think not. If you’re not already lucky enough to have a job that provides affordable health care, or rich enough to buy your own, then you’re just plain SOL.

    I’m sorry. It’s been a whole day, and a vitriolic, knee-jerk conservative had yet to add a response to your post. I figured I’d break the ice by recklessly decrying any attempt to give the 400,000 uninsured Minnesotans the health care they deserve. How’d I do?

  2. cleaningmike on December 17th, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    Wow, I really need to scroll all the way down…was just getting ready to leave a scathing reply to Donavon’s reply before I scrolled. Glad I did! Good post.

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