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Toledo Mayor's address in support of Medicare for All, announced publicly at the Toledo Walk for Healthcare Justice

Address by Toledo Mayor Kapszukiewicz

Announced publicly at the Monroe Street Methodist Church May 22, 2021 at the Healthcare Justice Walk   2 pm.

“Let me apologize for not being present with you today. This is a critically important issue for our city and our nation. 30 million Americans do not have access to health care and millions more suffer serious financial problems because they can’t afford their health care plans.

As a nation, I know we can do better.

Let it be known to all: here in Toledo, Ohio, we support a Medicare for All, single payer system, that would cover every American with healthcare. That includes vision, dental, hearing, prescription drugs, mental health care, and more.

COVID-19 has made this issue all the more important. I know the pandemic has impacted us all, some greater than others. To those who have lost a loved one, nothing can be said to ease your pain. As President Lincoln wrote in 1864: “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.”

Now is the time as a nation — as we emerge from a global pandemic that showed the world the intense need for health care for all — to fix the system. Now is the time to end the health disparities that exist, especially in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. 

I call on all Toledans, all Ohioans, to join me in support of expanding health care and reforming our system to reflect the undeniable fact that health care is a human right.” 

The False Promise of the Public Option by Dr. Paul Song, president of California PNHP (Registration Required) Date changed to July 31, 2021.

Dr. Paul Song was most recently on the faculty of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and currently sees Medicaid and uninsured patients at Dignity California Hospital.

Dr. Song is the current President of Physicians for a National Health Program – California. He served as the co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California from 2017-2018 and was the very first visiting fellow on health care policy in the California Department of Insurance in 2013.

He is the chief operating officer/chief medical officer of NKMax America, Inc., a subsidiary of South Korean-based ATGen Global, where he oversees all translational research and clinical programs. He is also the chief medical officer of Hawkeye Bio.

Dr. Song graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his medical degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago where he served as chief resident and completed a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France. He was also awarded an ASTRO research fellowship in 1995 for his research in radiation-inducible gene therapy.

Dr. Song serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program, Healthcare Now, and Progressive Democrats of America.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Jul 31, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

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MEDICARE FOR ALL YARD SIGNS NOW AVAILABLE

 18” x 24“

We are asking for a donation of $5 to $15 for individual signs. 

At this point we are not mailing out signs.   If you would like a Medicare for All Lawn Sign, please contact the person closest to you.

Cincinnati:  Dee Chavez   (513-413-1178)   Dee49@fuse.net
 
Cleveland:  Thera Parks,    (440) 787-6517   tvparks8@gmail.com
 
Columbus:   Bob Krasen   (614-261-0754)   brkrasen@gmail.com
 
Dayton  Matt Noordsij-Jones  (937-321-8698)  mattnj78@gmail.com
 
Medina:  Kristin Kranz  (330-635-6435)   kikikranz@gmail.com
 
Niles:  Julie Stout  (330-957-1490)    julieannstout@gmail.
 
Toledo:  John Ross   drjohnross@ameritech.net
 
 
 ALSO AVAILABLE - Bumper Stickers
If you are interested in obtaining one or more bumper stickers, contact Kendall Mays at kendall.mays1@gmail.com 
 
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