Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 pm
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
Produced by the Wellstone Coordinating Committee
This is the monthly meeting of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club (WDRC). The Club works to renew and reform the Democratic Party. The evening begins with a social hour and delicious potluck supper at 6:00 pm — bring your favorite healthy dish to share! At 7:00 pm the Club begins its program and all guests of the evening, members and non-members alike, are invited to participate in the discussions.
This evening’s program will be a screening of the documentary, “The HealthCare Movie,” followed by a panel discussion on the Health Care Reform Movement in California and a Q&A session after the film.
The Healthcare Movie
by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg
Narrated by Keifer Sutherland
Do you ever wonder how Canada got their beloved health care system? Why is the U.S. so afraid of providing healthcare without an insurance industry that skims 25-35% off the top of every healthcare dollar spent? This feature length documentary will clear up the mystery and entertain you at the same time! In Canada, healthcare is regarded as a social service and treated as a responsibility of the government to be provided to every citizen. Not so in the United States. In America, healthcare is regarded as a profit-making commodity, to be operated for the financial gain of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals.
This eye-opening documentary considers how it came to be that the two systems, Canadian and American, ended up in such different places. It explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. It reveals the public relations campaigns that have been prevalent in the U.S. since the early 1900’s to dissuade the American public from supporting national healthcare. It also shows the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to healthcare because of the heroism of people who took a stand to bring universal healthcare to Canada over 50 years ago. Get acquainted with Tommy Douglas, Canadian hero of healthcare who famously said: “People are more important than profits.” The issue of healthcare in America goes far beyond a line in the national budget. It reaches into the center of the American soul and answers the question, “How in the world do we want to treat each other?”
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