Sing Out For Single Payer

SING OUT FOR SINGLE PAYER ROAD SHOW TRAVELS FROM BORDER TO BORDER JULY 2-27, 2009

Frustrated that patients, nurses and doctors have been largely excluded from the debate, Anne Feeney and almost four dozen professional musicians decided to launch the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show. How can our health care system be improved when the only players at the table are huge hospital chains, big pharma and insurance companies? Why should we be surprised when their best ideas to save money involve eliminating patients’ right to sue incompetent and negligent doctors? So Feeney and her colleagues are taking the debate to college campuses, church halls, small theaters, union halls and public parks throughout California, Oregon and Washington.

6:00 PM, JULY 7 in Ashland
Sing out for Single Payer Road Show with Jack Williams, Anne Feeney, Jason Luckett, Raina Rose, Trevor Smith, Andrew Pressman, Pat Dodd, Citizens’ Band and a special guest!
Unitarian Center
87 Fourth Street
Ashland, OR 97520
Price: $10-20 donations suggested, no one turned away
Wes Brain is the contact – brain@mind.net

— Sponsored by Southern Oregon Central Labor Council and Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice —

SING OUT FOR SINGLE PAYER ROAD SHOW
http://www.annefeeney.com/specialevents.html

Anne Feeney’s webpage: http://www.annefeeney.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SING OUT FOR SINGLE PAYER ROAD SHOW TRAVELS FROM BORDER TO BORDER JULY 2-27, 2009

CONTACT: Anne Feeney – 412-877-6480 – anne@annefeeney.com
http://annefeeney.com/specialevents.html

As the debate on how to resolve the nation’s health care crisis continues, one singular answer has been widely ignored in the public debate, despite its popular appeal: a progressively financed, comprehensive, universal health care system – otherwise known as single-payer. That doesn’t sit well with Pittsburgh activist and labor singer Anne Feeney. She says she’s been ‘comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable’ with her music since 1968.

Frustrated that patients, nurses and doctors have been largely excluded from the debate, Feeney and almost four dozen professional musicians decided to launch the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show. How can our health care system be improved when the only players at the table are huge hospital chains, big pharma and insurance companies? Why should we be surprised when their best ideas to save money involve eliminating patients’ right to sue incompetent and negligent doctors? So Feeney and her colleagues are taking the debate to college campuses, church halls, small theaters, union halls and public parks throughout California, Oregon and Washington.

Modeled after the traveling chautauquas of the 1930s, these barnstorming concerts will take place nightly and run from San Diego, CA to Bellingham, WA. “This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. It’s a great opportunity for Americans to improve the health of the nation and bring quality health care to everyone in the United States. We’re on the road – entertaining, mobilizing, educating, inspiring and energizing folks on this chance of our lifetime,” says Feeney.

Some musicians will sing at one location – others, like David Rovics, Brian QTN, Green Mountain Grass and Citizens’ Band will do several shows. Jason Luckett, a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter who has been described as “Billy Bragg meets Stevie Wonder” will do the entire tour with Feeney. Several of the shows are being presented by physicians.

The two-hour concerts feature lots of community singing, humor, harmonizing and jamming. The shows are sponsored by the California Nurses’ Association-National Nurses’ Organizing Committee, Universal Health Care for Oregon, Jobs with Justice, The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, the Solidarity Education Fund, Physicians for a National Health Plan and Unions for Single Payer HR 676. The musicians are traveling with lots of information to distribute on national health care. Their slogan is “Everyone In! Nobody Out!”

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