RNs' National SiCKO Tour: Chicago to New Hampshire

Nurses from across the country, actually the world, are on a bus tour promoting "Scrubs for SiCKO" a campaign to recruit a nurse or doctor to each of the movie's 3,000 opening night screens.  These healthcare providers--many in custom red scrubs--will work to maximize the impact SiCKO has on our political and social debates about how to finally guarantee healthcare and get private insurance corporations out of our healthcare system.   Along the way, an unprecedented coalition of activists nurses, many from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, as well as a dozen other nurses groups, is coming together to demand real healthcare reform now.

Below is the third report from the tour, co-written by a number of nurses as they travelled to Chicago and New Hampshire last week.  This stretch was incredibly important for we went from the belly of the beast to the belly of the beast...that is, from Chicago's national HQ for Blue Cross/Blue Shield to the epicenter of the Presidential race in Manchester.  

For more information, please visit www.GuaranteedHealthcare.org/Sicko and sign up!

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Michael Moore's movie rocks! As does Mort Kondracke's wife.

From the diaries, jerome

Tonight, I saw the DC premiere of Michael Moore's new movie, Sicko. At the event, I also saw and had a conversation with Fox's Mort Kondracke -- who confirmed himself to be a mindless hack.

First, the movie...Sicko was amazing. I don't often tell people to go see movies, but go see this movie -- and bring a couple of your nonpolitical or Independent friends too.

When I saw Al Gore's movie, I went in thinking "Yeah, I support the environment" and left passionately considering myself an environmentalist. When I saw Sicko, I went in thinking "Yeah, we need to improve health care in this country" and left thinking "Holy cow - we need a health care revolution."

See it. See it. See it. And bring your friends.

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Nurses' Sicko Tour, Day One--NYC

Nurses from across the country, actually the world, are on a bus tour promoting "Scrubs for SiCKO" a campaign to recruit a nurse or doctor to each of the movie's 3,000 opening night screens.  These healthcare providers--many in custom red scrubs--will work to maximize the impact SiCKO has on our political and social debates about how to finally guarantee healthcare and get private insurance corporations out of our healthcare system.  Below is the first report from the tour, co-written by a number of nurses as the bus travelled from New York City to Philadelphia yesterday...for more information, please visit www.GuaranteedHealthcare.org/Sicko and sign up!

RNs from around the US walked the red carpet with Michael Moore and wowed the national media with their caregiver charm last night in Manhattan. Wearing red SiCKO scrubs signed by Moore, the paparazzi flash bulbs illuminated a bold new fashion statement for guaranteed healthcare. CNN and other news organizations did live interviews with Moore and his nurse escorts.

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Nurses Give Moore, SiCKO 8-Minute Standing Ovation

Yes I timed it.

After yesterday's national debut of SiCKO, 1,000 nurses from the California Nurses Association and across the country rose as one, roared, and continued roaring for 8 full minutes.  I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes at the same time, and so did everyone else in the theater.

It was an emotional conclusion to a historic day: the campaign kick off for an extraordinary month of health care activism that aims to cure our nation of the health insurance corporations who are doing so much damage to all of us.  

The media, nurses and doctors, Moore, and healthcare activists gathered together because this---this---is our opportunity to finally change the healthcare system in this country.  We'll recap what happened and plans going forward below...

Cross-posted at the National Nurses Organizing Committee's Breakroom Blog, as we organize to make 2007 the Year of GUARANTEED Healthcare--thanks to SiCKO.

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Another reason we need to Draft Gore: Single-Payer National Health Care

Crossposted on Pennsylvania for Al Gore in 2008

Most of the people who talk about the need to draft Al Gore to run for President focus on the issues of Iraq, technology, and/or global warming, as well as his general leadership qualities. All of these are great reasons to draft and vote for Gore, but today I found yet another, buried in a post on Daily Kos about Michael Moore's new movie SiCKO. From the SiCKO production notes (emphasis added):

Q: Does any candidate have a solid health care plan at this point, or are they just making vague generalizations?

A: Yeah, they don't seem to want to grapple with the real issue. It's very sad. Even the well-intentioned people like John Edwards--his plan seems to be to take our tax dollars and put them into the pockets of the private insurance industry. That is not the solution. Obama hasn't put together his plan yet, though I'm hoping he'll come up with something good. And then, of course, there's always the candidate who hasn't entered the race yet, but who won the office back in 2000.  What he's been saying on this issue since 2003 is the best.

And what is it that Al Gore has been saying about our health care system? We need a single-payer national health insurance plan:

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