Single payer advocates are taking to the streets to create awareness of another option for health care reform: single payer or “Medicare for All.” (Video below.)
Patty Guerrero, St. Paul, and Roger Cuthbertson sing a Raging Grannies song about Medicare
Lamenting the lack of Congressional or mainstream media interest in a single payer reform option, grassroots activists are taking the message directly to the people.
On Sunday, August 2, activists in Minneapolis chose the entrance to the Metrodome in Minneapolis before a Twins game as a place to get the word out.
They added some levity to their demonstration by singing songs created by the Raging Grannies, an international group of women activists working for non-violence and economic justice.
Minnesota musician Roger Cuthbertson and Tom Hooley were joined by a half dozen other activists who sang, held banners and handed out literature on single payer. The main message is to encourage people to contact their legislators and ask them to support the single payer legislation already introduced in Congress, said Cuthbertson.
“It’s urgent for us to hit the streets now, as Congress continues its process of whittling down the public option plan down to nothing more than a cruel joke,” he said. “Let’s keep demanding what we really want, not settling for the crumbs the insurance industry wants to leave us.”
Activists have been singing the praises of single payer all across the country.
Granny Ruth Robertson, member of a Raging Granny group (or “gaggle” as the grannies say) in Menlo Park, California, held a 44th birthday party for Medicare on July 30.
The grannies led senior citizens and other single payer supporters in songs based on old tunes, but updated in support of health care reform.