Saturday, December 12, 2009

Despite vow no arrests at Dodd Fundraiser...

When I read this on the Independent Political Report:

Angry citizens vow arrests at Sen. Dodd fundraiser with Vice President Biden
What: Protest at Senator Dodd fundraising event with Vice President Biden to demand single-payer health reform
When: Friday, December 11, 2009, Human Rights Day at 11 a.m.
Where: CT Science Center, 250 Columbus Street, Hartford, CT
Who: Green Party of CT and Mobilization for Health Care for All, a national civil disobedience campaign

Why: Demand “Medicare for All” (Single Payer Healthcare Reform)

Declaring health care to be a human right, hundreds of advocates for a single-payer, Medicare-for-All health program will protest at 18 senators’ offices around the country on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.Many will risk arrest by committing acts of civil disobedience.

I wondered what happened, especially since IPR didn't have an update. So I went searching, and found CT News Junkie which reported a few dozen protesters in all with:

Green Party member Tim McKee said they’re taking baby steps by proposing the Medicare solution that would allow those without insurance to buy into the Medicare system. McKee said he is an advocate of a single-payer system. So is Lauren Serven of Wethersfield, who said “health care is a resource, it’s a human right.”

McKee had expected about a dozen other supporters of single-payer to show up and be arrested for civil disobedience, but no arrests related to the protest were made Friday.

McKee is still working on drafting Ralph Nader to run against Dodd.

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