The Missoula Health Care Town Hall was held in solidarity with multiple events held around the state and hundreds of events nationwide. The event was sponsored by progressive organizations Missoula Rises; March On, Montana; Montana Women Vote; Planned Parenthood; the Democratic Socialists of America, and Blue Mountain Clinic, and included speakers from various local organizations.
Cost of Repealing the Affordable Care Act
Montana Sen. Steve Daines declined to comment for the forum.
Montana Sen. John Tester provided a letter that was read aloud. Tester wrote that a vote to repeal the ACA is a vote to return to the same broken system of the past, when "families couldn't afford to get sick."
Missoulian article: http://bit.ly/2lHN18d
Saturday, Feb. 25
13 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT
Event sponsored by the Gallatin Progressive Action Network (GPAN)
Many Montanans struggle to afford healthcare while the shareholders and CEOs of for-profit health care corporations make millions of dollars every year. Join other Montanans in sending a message to Senator Daines that if he wants to change the ACA, he should propose legislation that requires all health care corporations to be nonprofit. Montana already has nonprofit health insurance companies and passing legislation that requires them all to be nonprofit will level the playing field and reduce health care costs by eliminating the financial incentive to deny claims. Tell Senator Daines to put people over profit: protect health care and Montanans!
An open discussion on the rural health care crisis.
Sunday, February 26
1pm at First Church
27th and 3rd Ave N in Billings
The rural health care crisis is not an alternative fact. One of the things that would be eliminated from a total repeal of the ACA is considerable federal funding of rural health care system.
Event details here: http://billingshumanists.org/index.php/events/
This is a good site with good resources.
This is the article that started our conversation.
Saturday, February 25
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Missoula Senior Center
705 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801
##FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE##
Concerned Montana Citizens to Hold Town Hall Meeting to Save Our Healthcare
In solidarity with nationwide rallies in support of the Affordable Care Act, several organizations are coming together in Missoula this weekend to sponsor a Town Hall Meeting to save our healthcare. The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Senior Center, 705 South Higgins.
In the face of GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), roll back expanded Medicaid, and diminish access to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), citizens are gathering to get up-to-the minute information on policy proposals and challenges, and get involved in efforts to defend their health insurance.
Sponsored by Missoula Rises, March On, Montana (formerly, the Women’s March on Montana), Montana Women Vote, Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Socialists of America and Blue Mountain Clinic, the event will include both an educational and an organizational component.
To provide information about how alternative Administration proposals will affect Montanans, the event will include the following speakers: Denver Henderson, organizer for SEIU Local 755, Sarah Howell of Montana Women Vote, Anna Whiting Sorrell, Director of Operations, Policy and Planning at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department and Vicky Byrd, Executive Director of the Montana Nurses Association. The event will also include two speakers who will share their personal stories on the role that new access to health insurance has played in their lives.
Senator Tester is unable to join us, but will provide a written statement. Senator Daines has been invited.
The event will also provide ways for people to get involved in efforts to defend their access to health care. It will include tables for people to share their personal storieswith healthcare advocates, training and practice in mobilizing personal stories for policy change, space to call Montana’s Congressional Delegation and advocate for continued healthcare access. It will also provide written information about organizations and unions involved in health care and health care worker advocacy.
Rachel Maddow spent the first 30 minutes tonight talking about Montana.
THANK YOU to so many people! Phone calls. Rallies. More rallies. Airport visits. Posters. This is a shared achievement by thousands of regular Montanans who care enough to show up and do what they can. Montana. Together.
We've been pretty busy -- tens of thousands of phone calls, piles of postcards, stood outside in the cold, stood outside in the cold again, met Sen. Daines at the airport, tried to meet him at the Capitol... Busy.
So busy that the state GOP is starting to sweat. So busy that the state GOP chairman sent out a letter opposing a GOP bill to have mail in ballots in the special election, even though that would save the taxpayers of Montana $750,000. Why? Because "All mail ballots give the Democrats an inherent advantage in close elections due to their ability to organize large numbers of unpaid college students and members of public employee unions to gather ballots by going door to door."
Here's the letter: Emergency Chairman's Report
4 Practical Questions To Ask Yourself Before Every Protest
Good advice from, of all places, CRACKED http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-overthrowing-government/
The impromptu Daines welcoming committee got picked up by DailyKOS.
Those following along on Facebook and Twitter know that Montanans have been having a very hard time talking to Sen. Steve Daines. His staff won't meet with us, they won't accept written questions to pass along, and they won't tell us when the Senator will be in Montana and available to talk to us. You know, his constituents. The people who pay his salary.
A little bird told us that Sen. Daines was on is way to Bozeman today. Multiple groups chipped in, and Big Sky Rising ran with it. A press release went out, people hopped in their cars, and Sen. Daines had himself a Welcoming Committee. Or perhaps more of a Questioning Committee. Sadly, the Senator had no comment when asked when he would have a Town Hall or when he would talk to his constituents.
Link to the KBZK (CBS) station story here: http://www.kbzk.com/story/34480186/protesters-greet-daines-at-airport
Raw footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdWZO7pdK6s&feature=youtu.be
Well done, team!
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