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Indivisible meeting highlights Norwegian healthcare system

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“Twelve days in the hospital and my only expense was $22 for the taxi I took to the hospital,” Jim Nelson told those gathered at an Indivisible meeting held Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Thomas Library.

Nelson, who lived some years in Norway, described the Norwegian health care system in the “progressivision” part of Indivisible’s meeting at Thomas Library on Wednesday evening. Norway had a long history of Norwegians helping Norwegians, going back over a thousand years. The economic and social policies common to the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Sweden include a combination of free market capitalism with a comprehensive welfare state, along with collective bargaining at the national level.

“Americans think Norwegians are drowning in taxes,” Nelson said. “Taxes are higher, but our expenses are lower because of what the taxes provide.”

Attendees also shared their concerns and feelings about the events during last week. There was consensus that it was encouraging to be with a group of like minded people.

Training on voter registration and talking to people about Indivisible was provided. Plans are underway to provide voter registration and education near the European Market, starting in September.

Indivisible meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Library. The organization can be contacted at


Posted 8/22/2017




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