Me And The World, July 3, 2022

I’m approaching 65 years, and now I’m qualified to receive Medicare. (I’m also covered by the VA system.) What I really would like is Medicare For All, as proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Congressmember Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) has proposed in the House its won version, the Medicare For All Act of 2019. Health care should not be a luxury for rich people, or something that causes you to go into bankruptcy, which has happened to many families. ON top of the burden of trying to heal from an illness of injury, we have the extra stress of trying to pay for hospitalization and medicines. This has GOT to stop. As a start on how you can take part in the movement, please look up the web site 

This week, I’m scheduled to have my appointment for my medical marijuana card; it would be helpful for such problems I have as PTSD, depression, and low-level autism. What I would LOVE to see is decriminalization, for recreational use, of marijuana in Pennsylvania, which has been taking place in other states in the Union. For those states, sales of legal weed has been a tax-gathering bonanza, and Pennsylvania just HAS to get in on it, to pay for schools, hospitals, roads, etc.  To see what you can do on this issue, contact the Marijuana Policy Project,

(I’m discussing some issues in my life in the broader context of national events; we don’t live in isolation, since people share the same problems, like homelessness, unemployment, inflation, etc.)

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Town Hall for Medicare for All

On Saturday, January 26, I attended a town hall meeting held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, for Medicare for All, sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), along with the National labor Campaign for Single Payer, CWA District 2-13, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees-IBT, PASNAP, and UNITE-HERE, among others.

The speakers included Ed Mooney, Vice-President of CWA District 2-13, who spoke of the health care issue from the perspective of contract negotiations, and of the fight to implement in this “land of the free” a national-wide health insurance plan, as in Canada; and Michael Lighty, a fellow in the Sanders Institute and leader in California’s campaign for a single-payer system. Questions were taken from the audience.

The idea of health care as a commodity has led to a deterioration in health care, in spite of increasing costs. The time is NOW for a single-payer plan , as in Canada, to cover every American, no matter what their station in life, for health insurance. That would be one less source of anxiety alleviated from the minds of most Americans.