We’re Back, and We’re Bowling!

November 23, 2010

Illinois Media Progressives has as much trouble dealing with this post-modern economy as any honest American, but one thing we’ll never have an issue with is hurling a spheroid down an oiled wooden floor at a bunch of wooden sticks.

Especially if we’re doing it with single payer activists, some of our favorite peeps ever.

So we’re pleased as punch to co-host the third annual
“Single Payer Bowling” with special guests, Donna And Larry Smith.

And we’re downright thrilled to join with the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America, Chicago, and the Chicago Single Payer Action Network to make “SP Bowling III” the biggest and bestest yet.

Join us Saturday, December 11th, 1:30-4:00 p.m., Diversey River Bowl.

SIGN UP FOR SINGLE PAYER BOWLING HERE

And here’s a personal message from Single Payer Bowling Spokesbowlers, Paulie and Otis:

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Politics made from scratch, not with…

September 30, 2009

But that won’t deter activists like these.
Kudos to those arrested today. And the Baucus 813 before them.
You are proof that we are stronger than a majority of those who represent us.
You took them to school.

Washington is not strong enough to compete with doctors like these.
Dr. Quentin Young, National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, Studs Terkel’s doctor and lifelong fighter for social justice had some wonderfully scratchy words to wear out Sen Max Baucus’ hide in his introduction to the Mad as Hell Doctors on Saturday at the UIC College of Pharmacy.
Doctor Young just celebrated his 86th birthday btw.
Enjoy.

And Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an emergency physician and head Mad as Hell Doctor is on his way to Washington D.C. with a message for President Obama:
Please admit it, you are not strong enough to fight these interests.
At least not without us.

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Chicago’s Congress Crashing Weekend with the Mad as Hell Doctors

September 29, 2009

Yup.
Chicago got them for a whole weekend!
First stop-SK Tools picket line and then a jam packed reception at Joey’s Brickhouse with the Progressive Democrats of America.

These Mad as Hell Docs are barreling down on D.C. with the momentum of thousands of supporters who have heard the doctor’s message loud and clear: Single payer now!
State by state, hundreds of people have gathered to share their stories with the doctors and joined the movement in spirit and sedans.

Here are some highlights from Joey’s…More to come on this Congress Crashing Eve!
Roll on Docs!

All the best!
-IMP

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Backpedaling for Bad Policy

September 16, 2009

IMP friend Ellen of the Tenth speaks on the slow semantic walk away from organizational support of the public option, as the administration continues its quest for a ‘political victory’, (or at least something they can spin as such) over any substantive policy progress.

I pointed out a few days ago that our local HCAN dropped mention of the public option from their last call for volunteers. Scroll down for that. If you’ve read any of my HCAN saga here, you’ll remember that they shared the passion with OFA, not against those trying to kill reform, but against people like me who want reform very badly because we were going too far and might not please the Chamber of Commerce crowd.

And she also quotes her cousin, the esteemed Dr. David Gill, Congressional candidate (IL-15), in his response to the President’s speech:

He might as well have stood strong & tall with Single Payer–the venom from the Right would have been just the same, but he would have been forcefully supported by those who voted for him, believed in him, and worked so hard to win the day in November 2008.

The path he’s taken has robbed his supporters of so much of their passion; in trying to please all, he seems to be pleasing so few.

And so Ellen of the Tenth becomes Master of the Obvious Du Jour and ponders,

I can’t decide if OFA and HCAN got played or if they are they ones playing us.

*NOTE*
Dr. David Gill will be joining the Mad as Hell Doctors, IL Rep. Mary Flowers and Dr. Quentin Young, Friday, September 25th, for a Progressive Democrats of America fundraiser/reception at Joey’s Brickhouse.
Hear the good Doctor speak and meet the Mad Docs.
More info at PDA Chicago.

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Mad as Hell Docs Announce Chicago Stop

September 9, 2009

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Got their motorhome running and headed our way!

We’re sure that when the “Care-A-Van” gets here on Sept. 26th, they will be seriously honked off.

Just look at those wheels!

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“We’re mad as hell because our health care system is run by people who profit from illness,” says Dr. Paul Hochfeld, lead Mad As Hell Doctor. “Other wealthy nations have test-driven single payer, and it works. But elected officials in America have closed the door to discussion. We’re here to open it.”

Aces!

Get the local scoop at MadDocsChicago.Com and follow them across the nation at MadAsHellDoctors.Com

This event hosted by the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, invites us all to catch up with the docs on their historic road trip to Congress.
Join them at the UIC School of Pharmacy, Lecture Hall 134.
That’s on 833 S. Wood Street with starting at 11am.
Celebrate and support these ramblers on the road to health care for all!

The original Mad as Hell Doc Quentin Young, National Coordinator of PNHP will be on hand to welcome the crew to Chicago.

RSVP ASAP!

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Mad as Hell Docs Rock!

August 26, 2009

MadBlogHeaderThe Mad as Hell Doctor tour won’t officially start for another two weeks, but in Sequim, Washington last night, they drew nearly 700 concerned citizens and activists for a town hall meeting on health care.

The Mad Docs will begin their trek to D.C. on September 9 with a stop in Chicago on September 26.
They bring a voice overlooked in the present health care debate, that of the providers.
The Docs are crossing the country in support of a single payer solution to our national health care tragedy.

IMPs will post video of the event when it becomes available, as well as keeping you informed of their progress across the country, but for now, we offer you tape of one of our local health care heroes, Dr. Anne Scheetz of PNHP, explaining how only a single payer solution will allow her to do her job to the best of her ability.

To all the physicians, nurses and health care professionals who are adding their voices to the call for a single payer solution, IMPs say humbly, kick ass and take names!

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A Uniquely American Tragedy

August 16, 2009

The Progressive Democrats of America, strong single payer advocates, offer this video of the Remote Area Medical Clinics, founded by Stan Brock, in a not so remote area, the Los Angeles Forum.

What more indicates the dire situation our health care in our country than our fellow citizens lining up for days just for the chance of basic medical care.

Note to the administration:
Access to insurance does not equal access to care.
Only a single payer solution would provide that.

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