Today – ‘Life or Debt’ – A Day of Free Healthcare and Education

Join Strike Debt, Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Town Square, and MANY others on March 23 for a day of free healthcare, radical education and a march to highlight community hospital closings.

In response to our broken and 559906_358323064280474_459491265_nbankrupt health care system, Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee initiative has just made a big announcement: Strike Debt has bought and abolished $1 Million in medical debt. They are using this “buy” to highlight the profound inhumanity and inequality of our medical payment system and to create a vision of a world where healthcare is truly treated as a right.

Event info here.

@Washington Square Park
9:30am – all day: Free education, legal advice, performances and music
2pm – 5pm – Rally & March to highlight community hospital closings

@Judson Church
9:30am – 1:30pm: Health Fair w/ medical practitioners donating services
5:30pm – 7pm: Continuation of health fair

This action is part of a week of actions all around the country declaring a Healthcare Emergency: It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”.

Contact: rjaction@strikedebt.org
Hashtags for the action: #lifeordebt #M23 #strikedebt

PROTEST: Strike Private Health Insurance

THURS, MARCH 21 It’s time to take our message to the streets –
U.S. Healthcare – It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”.

Join Strike Debt, Healthcare for the 99% and allies for an important day of action!

4PM – Assemble in Bryant ParkHEALTHCARE_MEME2
4-5PM – RALLY & Speak-Out
5PM – MARCH!

Facebook Event: Strike Private Health Insurance – March and Rally

Download and Print Fliers:

Full Sheet Flier, 1/2 Sheet Flier, Spanish Flier

Hashtags for the action:
#lifeordebt #M23 #strikedebt

JOIN US on Saturday, March 23 – Life or Debt: A Day of Free Healthcare & Education

A MESSAGE FROM STRIKE DEBT:Strike Debt - Strike Medical Debt (Modification)

Today, when you buy health insurance, you’re making a bet that doesn’t pay off. And it’s not just a bet with money, it’s a bet with your life. In response to this broken system, Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee initiative has taken action: we have purchased and abolished $1 Million of medical debt.

These actions are part of a week of actions all around the country declaring a Healthcare Emergency: It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”.

Call to action: http://strikedebt.org/lifeordebt
Contact: rjaction@strikedebt.org
Hashtags for the action: #lifeordebt #M23 #strikedebt

Action: U.S. Healthcare – It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”

Exciting actions coming soon… Join Us!

March 21 – Strike Private Health Insurance – March and Rally

March 23 – Life or Debt: A Day of Free Healthcare & Education

A MESSAGE FROM STRIKE DEBT:Strike Debt - Strike Medical Debt (Modification)

Today, when you buy health insurance, you’re making a bet that doesn’t pay off. And it’s not just a bet with money, it’s a bet with your life. In response to this broken system, Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee initiative has taken action: we have purchased and abolished $1 Million of medical debt.

These actions are part of a week of actions all around the country declaring a Healthcare Emergency: It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”.

Help us get the word out! Download and Print Fliers

Full Sheet Flier, 1/2 Sheet Flier, Spanish Flier

Call to action: http://strikedebt.org/lifeordebt
Contact: rjaction@strikedebt.org
Hashtags for the action: #lifeordebt #M23 #strikedebt

If you won’t be in New York, join us in bringing this action everywhere! Already, actions are planned in California, Maryland, Colorado, Vermont and Minnesota. Wherever you are,

Protest a closed community hospital
· Support a struggling community hospital
· Protest a private insurance company
· Protest a pharmaceutical company
· Do a creative direct action!
· Organize a healthcare or debt speak out
· Organize a free health screening or health fair
· Organize free legal advice and debt/financial guidance
· Provide free education about debt and/or healthcare

 

559906_358323064280474_459491265_n

Take Action! U.S. Healthcare: It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”

Join Strike Debt for a Week of Action to Declare aStrike Debt - Strike Medical Debt (Modification)
Healthcare Emergency: It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”

March 16 – March 23

In the U.S., healthcare is a bankrupt system run on debt:

  • 62% of personal bankruptcies are linked to medical bills. ¾ of people who declare bankruptcy due to medical bills had health insurance when they incurred those bills.
  • 86% of doctors begin their professional lives with medical school debt. This debt limits medical school to the upper classes and forces even socially-minded young doctors to choose lucrative specialties. The restrictive cost of nursing school further reduces the availability and quality of primary care.
  • Community hospitals deemed “unprofitable” are being closed left and right because they have fallen too deeply into debt.

These debts are literally killing patients, students, providers and communities. They deepen the already entrenched inequalities that divide races, classes, and genders. Our healthcare system doesn’t make us well; it prolongs our illnesses in the name of profit.

In reaction to this system, Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee initiative will make a big announcement in March. We have bought and abolished a large amount of medical debt. Though this will provide real relief to thousands of people who need it, it is only crumbs in light of the 70 million who still owe money on medical bills.

We want to use the attention this buy will generate to highlight the profound inhumanity and inequality of our medical payment system and to create a vision of a world where healthcare is truly treated as a right. We demand the cancellation of all medical debts and a radically transformed healthcare system based on everybody’s need for wellness and not the 1%’s desire for wealth.

Strike Debt is calling for a week of education and organizing culminating in a day of action in New York City on March 23.

If you’ll be in New York, save the date. Stay tuned for updates.

If you won’t be in New York, join us in bringing this action everywhere! Wherever you are,

  • Protest a closed community hospital
  • Support a struggling community hospital
  • Protest a private insurance company
  • Protest a pharmaceutical company
  • Do a creative direct action!
  • Organize a healthcare or debt speak out
  • Organize a free health screening or health fair
  • Organize free legal advice and debt/financial guidance
  • Provide free education about debt and/or healthcare

Some helpful slogans and messages:

  • Healthcare: a Matter of Life or Debt
  • Debt on Arrival
  • End Medical Debt
  • Strike Medical Debt
  • Healthcare is a Human Right
  • Medical Knowledge Put Me into Debt
  • Single-Payer Now
  • Medicare for All
  • Isn’t Being Sick Bad Enough?
  • Cause of Debt: [Heart Attack, Diabetes, Private Hospital]

Hashtags for the action: #lifeordebt #M23 #strikedebt
Contact: rjaction@strikedebt.org

www.strikedebt.org, www.rollingjubilee.org

On Air: U.S. Healthcare A Matter of Life or Debt

FOG_Radio_logo_finalListen to the Program Here

Clearing the FOG Radio will discuss medical debt and bankruptcy in the United States.

Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee is preparing to announce a large purchase of medical debt. But instead of collecting on it, they are going to erase it!

The United States is the only wealthy nation in which people face such significant financial barriers to accessing health care that they avoid it or go into debt or bankruptcy as a result of medical illness or cost.

Our guests are Thomas Gokey and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler. We will explore why medical debt exists in the US and what we can do to end it.

Thomas Gokey is a visual artist who works in two-dimensional media, video, performance and sculpture. He is an, adjunct professor at Syracuse University and a member of Strike Debt.

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler is a primary care physician and professor of public health and medicine at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College . She is a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and author of several leading academic studies on medical bankruptcy. She lived and practiced medicine in Massachusetts and will speak about the impact of the health law there that is very similar to the new federal health law.

Watch the show live on UStream’s Economic Democracy Media channel.
Follow us on Twitter @ClearFOGMedia
Follow us on Facebook at Clearing the FOG Radio Show.
Find our website at ClearingtheFOGRadio.org.