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Laborfest: Film: Healthcare for Everybody
Date Sunday July 30
Time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details
SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco. Civic Center BART.
Event Type Screening
Now Is The Time: Healthcare for Everybody(71 min.) 2016
Directed by Terry Sterenberg & Laurie Simons
This is a documentary film about our current healthcare system, why it doesn't work, and what you can do about it. The filmmakers interview doctors and nurses, patients, economists and politicians to see what they think about our current healthcare system. You'll see what happens when advocates committed to changing the healthcare system take action. Big money for insurance companies; fear of government taking over the nation's healthcare system; but there's something more, like a fog that keeps people from moving forward together. This film intends to remove that fog, and will leave viewers examining what it means to be American and what it takes to step into action.

This documentary film is a follow-up to the filmmakers first film, The Healthcare Movie (2011).

The United States is the most backward country in the industrialized world with the highest infant mortality and lowest life expectancy, and a declining life expectancy for the workingclass, the 80% of us who sell our labor for less than $80,000 a year because we do not have socialized medicine. Germany has had socialized medicine since 1883, when the German workingclass also won old age pensions and unemployment insurance. The latter 2 were won in the US in 1935, along with the right to organize labor unions (Wagner Act) as a direct result of the 1934 general strikes in San Francisco, Minneapolis and Toledo, See (Wagner Act)

The countries that now have socialized medicine are: All of Europe, Israel, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, Chile, China, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Not only will socialized medicine save lives, it will be a tremendous boost to the economy, which is now at a standstill, effectively declining, since healthcare employs millions of people, and all can be organized into labor unions.

We expect to see SB562, California's Healthcare for All Act, on the November 2018 ballot, if it does not pass the supermajority Democratic Legislature, both houses, and is not signed by the Democratic governor in time. The 2 parties that support socialized medicine, also known as single payer or Medicare for All, are Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party. It is now 134 years since German workers won socialized medicine. Now is the time to get off the dime!

A Q&A and panel discussion follows the screening. Speakers include Jeff Gee, MD, from Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Barb Ryan, RN, from California Nurses Association and a representative from the Healthy California Act (SB 562).
For information, call Janet Tom, at 415.557.4460
See also: (SB562) (HR676)
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jun 22nd, 2017 8:18 AM
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