Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

December 9, 2009

This Thursday: ISO Public Meeting

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 5:43 pm

R E F O R M  or  D E F O R M?
WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING TO RUIN HEALTH CARE REFORM…
AND WHY WE NEED A SINGLE-PAYER ALTERNATIVE

Since the election of President Obama, we’ve all been hoping that a Democratic president and Congress would finally do something to fix this screwed-up health care system that is a source of misery and suffering for so many people. But the “reform” on the table forces millions of people to buy high-cost, low-coverage insurance policies from private companies. Even the “public option” has been compromised—giving up on effective regulation of all but the worst practices of the medical-insurance complex. And disgustingly, it contains an amendment that would create the most expansive government restriction yet imposed on women’s right to choose.

The heart of the issue is that it leaves untouched what is the chief source of the health care crisis—domination of the system by private companies and their thirst for profit. Instead, we a single-payer alternative—a government-run system that covers everyone, and cuts out the private insurance industry.

Clearly, we cannot leave hope for change solely in the hands of Democratic politicians. Join us for a discussion on what kind of change is needed, and what it’s going to take to get it:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 7:30PM
628 KENT HALL

Checkout these background readings from Socialistworker.org and the International Socialist Review:
1. “The Deform of Reform” by Alan Maass and Helen Redmond
http://socialistworker.org/2009/11/11/deform-of-reform

2. “Infected by Greed and Waste” By Elizabeth Schulte
http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/03/infected-by-greed-and-waste

3. “Health vs. Wealth: National Healthcare, a Dream Deferred” by Nancy Welch
http://www.isreview.org/issues/56/feat-healthwealth.shtml

Sponsored by: Barnard/Columbia Branch of the International Socialist Organization
Socialistworker.org  | Columbia.iso@gmail.com

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