This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Friday, January 3rd
While Donald Trump fans the embers of xenophobia in our country by demonizing caravans of desperate Latinos headed north from Central America, there are other northern-bound caravans he doesn’t mention.
These are US citizens crossing our northern border into Canada, seeking relief from the profiteering cartels that run our country’s predatory health system. Specifically, these people are among the millions of Americans who’ve literally been sickened by the price gouging of pharmaceutical giants.
For example, the Washington Post reports that from 2012 to 2016, drug makers have nearly doubled the US price of life-saving insulin. It’s a massive highway robbery that Trump & Company ignore, even though it creates a financial strain so severe that many patients try cheating death by skipping some dosages – an always dangerous gamble.
Outraged and desperate, many diabetics and their families are taking matters into their own hands by making cross-border drug runs into towns just north of the US-Canadian line. They’re drawn there by Canada’s single-payer healthcare system, which protects consumers from price-gouging. As the Post reported, one small group of Minnesotans recently caravanned from their home into an Ontario border town where they could buy a supply of insulin for about $1,200 – versus the $12,000 they would’ve been charged in the US.
Good for them, but why should anyone in our incomparably-rich nation have to make border raids to get essential healthcare? As the organizer of this Minnesota caravan put it: “When you have a bad healthcare system, it makes good people feel like outlaws.” It’s demeaning. It’s demoralizing. It’s unjust.”
We the People must rise up, organize, and mobilize to make healthcare profiteering unacceptable, illegal… and indeed, unAmerican.
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It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
A free screening of the documentary film “ Wasted-The Story of Food Waste”, will be offered this evening at 6:15 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. Find out how the world’s top chefs use every scrap of food, how food waste contributes to the climate change crisis and what you can do to solve one of the 21st century’s greatest challenges. A community dinner will precede the screening at 5:45 p.m. Phone 630-3633 for information.
The Urban League of Greater Madison is in need of volunteer tutors to provide individualized academic coaching for middle school students as part of the League’s Schools of Hope Middle School Program. Make a difference by volunteering just two hours a week. Tutoring opportunities are available at 12 schools in Madison, Oregon and Sun Prairie. A variety of times are available to accommodate schedules. Phone 729-1226 for more information or to apply.
The mission of Canopy Center is to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote healing of those affected by abuse. They have many volunteer opportunities. Visit canopycenter.org for more info.
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