“Die-in” for Medicare for all

Friday, July 28, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Location:  Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn in Chicago

Energized by the defeat of Republican health care plans, Illinoisans demand that Sen. Dick Durbin work to improve Medicare and expand it to all Americans.

During the height of the Friday afternoon rush hour, health care advocates will stage a “die-in” outside of Senator Dick Durbin’s downtown Chicago offices.

Some participants will lie down to commemorate the 29,000 people who die every year due to lack of health insurance, and the 50,000 who will die should the Republican “repeal and replace” plans be implemented. Downstate activists will hold a simultaneous die-in outside Senator Durbin’s office at 525 S. 8th Street in Springfield, Illinois.

The die-in action also marks the anniversary of Medicare, which was signed into law on July 30, 1965 and seen by many as the first step toward universal health care in the U.S. Activists are outraged that the promise of Medicare remains unfulfilled, and demand national improved Medicare for all to replace the nation’s fractured, for-profit health system.

“Now is the time for improved Medicare for all,” said Jordan Centers, a registered nurse from Lemont who is the chief organizer of the Chicago action. “I want to work and live in a system that does not give care based on income or age but based on patient needs. And we as a nation have the ability to do so.”

Dr. Pam Gronemeyer, a pathologist from Glen Carbon and chief organizer of the Springfield event, added, “We need our elected officials, including Senator Durbin, to stand up to private insurance companies and demand national improved Medicare for all. Until they do, our patients will continue to suffer unnecessary deaths because they lack basic coverage.”

The simultaneous events in two cities are coordinated by the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition in partnership with Chicago Democrat Socialists of America, Chicago Nurses for Social Justice, Gay Liberation Network, National Nurses United, Physicians for a National Health Program Illinois, Southern Illinois People for Progress, and chapters of Students for a National Health Program, among others.

Further details, including a complete list of sponsoring organizations to date, are available here for the Chicago event and here for the Springfield event.

 

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