UPDATE: A Night on the Town with Sicko - Chapel Hill Edition

Hi all, two updates.
1. We have already had about 60 people RSVP for the event!!!

2. To clear up a misunderstanding, we are not funded by a powerful right-wing think tank, so the pizza will NOT be on the house : (
Perhaps when BlueNC starts generating Daily Kos-like advertising revenue we will be able to host events like this. In the meantime....

Greetings Health Care Fans!
Consider this your formal invitation to join Health Care for All North Carolina, the Orange County Democratic Party, and the John Edwards One Corps for A Night on the Town with Sicko.

What: Dinner and a Show
Where: The Varsity Theater in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill, NC followed by an informal gathering at Pepper's Pizza just a few doors down (it's all about the walkability).
When: Sunday, July 15th, starting at 4:20pm
RSVP: Email me so we can have a head count for DINNER.

The event will start with Rep. Verla Insko giving a brief introduction to the state of health care legislation in the state of North Carolina. Mental Health Parity, High Risk Pool, Health Care for All, and more.

Following the movie, at 6:30pm, we'll meander down Franklin Street to Pepper's Pizza for some great food and atmosphere and to talk about THE NEXT STEP. It might be the end of the event, but it's just the beginning of the battle.

Watch Michael Moore BLAST CNN for their lousy reporting.

Comments

C'mon, we'll share a booth.

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Gonna be in Chapel Hill the next weekend ... not that one though

Also, taking things out of context is what the Republicans do ...

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Come one, come all!

I've already gotten a handful of RSVPs before I posted, but please email me if you are coming to dinner. I have a feeling this is going to be awesome!!!

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Sounds great

I sent you an e-mail but my computer's acting weird so I'm not sure you got it. My husband and I would like to come.

I did, look forward to seeing you

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Are you coming to dinner BTW?

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Yes

We'll come for dinner, too.

awesome event

Very good event. Congrats. I was not so depressed since we were all there together.

I wonder who was there who did not agree?

I commit myself to the state constitutional amendment or bust.

and getting 300 letters to Hackney. in the next two week.s

Andrea

TurnNCBlue

Wow.

That's a big commitment.

I haven't written yet, so I will . . . which means you only have 299 to go!

J

It's going to take me awhile to decompress.

Things did not go as smoothly as I had hoped, but instead of the 70 people that I was expecting....we got around 300 total. Now, some of those were just innocent bystanders, but in the end I ended up eating dinner with some strangers that started out as just such innocent bystanders.

Anyways, thanks for everyone who showed up, a postop report to follow.

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

You did great.

Smooth doesn't matter . . . it's the numbers that count. People were inspired!

Serendipity...

So, with my wife and son off to one of his friends birthday party I thought I'd take a couple hours off to go Downtown to see Sicko. Sunday afternoon showings at the Varsity can be pretty sparse making it an easy show to attend.

What do I find? A mass of excited and chattering folks clamoring for seats! And it's RobertP's fault. Great serendipity.

Yes, the logistics were a bit messy but if the discussion within our group (Verla, Tom H., HillWiliiam) was any indication folks are really ready to back some fundamental changes.

I appreciate a great symbolic act but I was not sure that simply amending the NC Constitution to say "Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for the State to ensure that every resident is able to realize this fundamental right." would actually spur the fundamental reforms we need.

For instance, I imagined the implementation be drug out and debated for decades while folks needs went unmet. I wanted to see us work with what we have on the ground to improve care now. Specifically, to make our State supported systems, like UNC Healtcare, a model for how to do state-sponsored care.

Now I can see the value of promoting a two-prong approach. Establish the fundamental Right. Work with the citizen supported institutions now to create a model of care.

The excitement (and anger) is there to carry on the fight. As one participant said, though, "What's the best way to focus our efforts?"

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

I agree about the two-pronged approach

I'm willing to support the amendment, and I understand the rationale . . . but it's not my priority.

And a Very Good Time Was Had By All -

I'm so glad you had such a turn out!

Robert - logistics... it's a whole 'nother career field, don't ya know.

I'm sure it was memorable for everyone who attended and that's the important part!

I wanted to see us work with what we have on the ground to improve care now. Specifically, to make our State supported systems, like UNC Healtcare, a model for how to do state-sponsored care.

I appreciate a great symbolic act but I was not sure that simply amending the NC Constitution to say "Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for the State to ensure that every resident is able to realize this fundamental right."

My .02 indexed to inflation ... I, myself, am leery of amending any Constitution at any time. Amendments weaken the fabric of the thing ... sometimes necessary, yet I believe it should be done judiciously and rarely - only when absolutely necessary to preserve the intent of the document and to make things plain. (.02 over here)

Also - our UNC health care system is both over and under utilized. How so?

Access. Affordability. and most importantly - the right of UNC health care to use State attorneys to take your house away from you if you can't pay them. Private hospitals cannot do that with State money. The State should be protecting the homestead of its citizens - not throwing them on the street and putting their houses up for auction for medical debt.

You DO know what I'm talking about don't you?

Have you signed the petition yet? You should.

See here: North Carolina Medical Protection Act.

State AG as UNC's Bill Collecting Thug....

Living local my family and I have been able to use UNC's health services for many years. When the Roper administration worked to put the system on a more business-like footing in terms of some operational improvements, well, that seemed to correct some long term business-related issues.

But then they began to forget the public service component and really went astray - including some rather reprehensible bill collection activities. Luckily, a solid group of local citizens got involved and help throttle that beast. Robert Seymour got appointed as an ombudsmen and some of the nasty collection tactics were ratcheted down.

Still a long way to go though on many fronts.

A couple people after the movie said that Roper has publicly stated that health-care isn't a fundamental human right. I don't recall that particular quote but if deeds are any indication, UNC Health Care lost its way. They also called on Verla to call on Roper's resignation.

A pretty good article appeared in the IndyWeek on UNC, Inc. with some great resources (including the basic "follow the money" analysis). They published this response from Roper

Oh, and those letters from the AG, I've gotten them Damn intimidating.

In our case it was because our local HMO and UNC were having a knockdown drag out on what to charge, etc. and we got caught in the middle. We'd call the AG office, which is located in the hospital, and they'd always tell us to ignore the letters - that we weren't the only ones caught up in the fight. Even after the issues were resolved we continued to get the letters.with the 30, 60, 90 day warnings for billings we or our provider had already paid.

At the time I wondered how other folks were handling these scare tactics.

I hadn't worried too much as we had documented every issue, every contact, call, email, mail and had the wherewithal to take it to court if necessary. Still, what a waste of time and effort for a completely bogus reason.

Sicko was great but one thing I wished Moore had done was to put some numbers to the stories. For instance, we know %30 or more of our health care dollars are spent on paperwork while the VA and other federal systems spend less than %3. We know that pharma pushes name-brand remedies over generics or cheaper equivalents using some rather "interesting" tactics, a process that robs another %20-40 (depending who you read) from your health care dollar. Pretty soon you can see that the savings from simply taking the insurers out of the process and eliminating pharma's BS could pay for universal coverage. While Moore made the case on humane treatment, it would've been nice for a little data to have crept in (like US % GDP spent on health care %15, France %10.9)

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

I wish I could be there

This is a terrific idea.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Distractions?

uh...yeah...I know about those. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

It's too bad the Carolina Theatre in Durham is in renovations...

Even though I was pretty luke warm on the movie, seeing Fahrenheit 9/11 on opening night with 1000+ beer drinking, cheering progressives was an event I'll never forget.

Does the Varsity have beer?

IF not, 250 cheering progressives will be pretty cool as well.
See you there.

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Where do we meet at 4:20?

Do we hang out in the theatre until the 6:30 show or what?

I think I rsvp'ed twice. It will only be me, not my pizza-inhaling 8 year old.

I don't get out much, so am looking forward to this - went to "Ratatouille" with my son and his swim team today, so I am up for a grown-up film!

movie starts at 4:30

dinner afterwards at 6:30, see you in the theater!

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Bring the kid!

I'm bringing mine . . . she's 16 . . . but she might help out withe the boy.

:)

can't bring the son

He is 8 years old with a surly teen attitude, not comfortable around adults and adult conversation. Actually, he can't stand Bush and might find the movie interesting (he is pretty sharp) but has a way of going out of his way to be difficult.

He does have a soft spot for pretty teen females, though - has crushes on all his swim instructors.

Mine's 10 -

We should hook them up.
Only difference I see so far (from your post) is mine thinks he is an adult so he talks to anyone.

(except Bushies)

:)

Rob and I will be there

n/t
"The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Excellent

I got your email! See you then, are you staying for pizza afterwards?

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Yup!

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

"The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Around 35 RSVPs so far.

And, the OCDP hasn't sent out its emails yet. I think this will be an awesome time.

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Aw, damn -

I wanna go .

sigh.