Below, Blue Jersey’s livestream of Sunday’s Medicare for All forum in Montclair. Panelists Wendell Potter, (former exec, CIGNA insurance), Marc Dudzic (National Coordinator, Labor for Single Payer), Safiyyah Muhammad (with a personal story to tell), Lloyd Alterman (retired MD of nephrology & internal medicine, member of Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan), with Saily Avelenda moderating. These events, part of a national week of barnstorming on the issue of healthcare access, support Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s coming Medicare for All Act of 2019. It replaces H.R. 676, introduced every year since 2003 by the late Rep. John Conyers. Jayapal’s bill is rumored to be longer and more comprehensive, looping in dental, vision, reproductive, and long term care. [For more on this, see Everybody In, Nobody Out, co-written by Mark Dudzic, one of Sunday’s panelists].
On Sunday, follow-up canvasses were organized for: East Orange, Woodcliff Lake, Newark, Verona, Bloomfield, Clifton, Cliffside Park. Plus 2 in Montclair, 2 in South Orange, and 4 in West Orange. There are also canvasses planned for train stations. To join any, check Facebook or Our Revolution, sponsoring with National Nurses United & Working Families.
More events are coming this week – in New Brunswick, Cherry Hill, and Bridgewater. I’ll list that info & links under the video. Here’s Sunday’s Medicare for All event:Note: To unmute, the volume slider is bottom right.
Upcoming Medicare for All events:
Cherry Hill Barnstorm – Medicare for All
When: Wednesday, Feb 13 at 6pm
Where: The Big Event Cafe (1536 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill)
New Brunswick Barnstorm – Medicare for All
When: Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30pm
Where: Labor Education Center, Rutgers (50 Labor Center Way, NB)
Bridgewater Barnstorm – Medicare for All
When: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7pm
Where: Bridgewater Public Library (1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater)
Our Revolution Essex County would also like to invite Essex-area locals to their next regular meeting – Sunday March 10 (1-3pm) at The ZuluBa Restaurant (437 Main St. in West Orange), which I hear is run by nice, progressive folks.
Photo credit: Erica Lee