Health-care discussion draws more than 250 |

Health-care discussion draws more than 250

Kathlene Bonnigson
Special to The Union

The Mad As Hell Doctors group conducted an educational event Monday night in Nevada City to inform voters about the issues involved in creating a single-payer health care system for all Californians.

About 270 people attended the event at the Nevada Theatre, both supporters of the single-payer system and skeptics, according to organizers.

“Since the purpose of our organization is to educate the public about single-payer health care for every Californian, we joined 21 cities statewide to host this amazing group of doctors who are here to share their insights and knowledge,” said Mindy Oberne, co-chair of the Nevada County chapter of Health Care for All-California.

“This is an issue vital not only to our country, but to our local community. It is not about politics or party lines, but about achieving real health care for everyone. We’re all in this together.”

The presentation included a panel with health care professionals and short films reflecting upon the state of U.S. health care and how a single-payer system would work.

Mad as Hell Doctors included Mike Huntington and Paul Hochfeld, both from Oregon, Marc Sapir, from Berkeley, and Katie Ottoway from Washington. Joining them were Dr. Roger Hicks of YubaDocs and Genevieve Garten, R.N., from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

“Every other industrialized country in the world starts the health care discussion with the assumption that access to quality, cost-effective care is a human right for everyone, and therefore a legitimate function of the government is to make sure it happens, just like education, fire protection and police,” said Hochfeld. “The paradox is that the other nations get better results at half the cost.”

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Kathlene Bonnigson is a member of the Nevada County chapter of Health Care for All- California.

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