The Medicare For
All Rally, held Monday evening on the Valparaiso Courthouse square drew over
100 people from Porter County and Northwest Indiana.
The event was
organized in partnership with Hoosier Women on the March, Progressives in
Action Northwest Indiana, the Community Strategy Group, NWI NOW, and Blue
The rally’s main
message was that healthcare should be a human right, not a privilege in the
Reverend Cheryl Rivera with the Community Strategy Group, Rick Stark with
Progressives in Action NWI, Elaine Coffey, a retired professor with Hoosier
Women on the March, Julie Storbeck with NWI NOW, Terry Steagall, union
member with USW 1010, and Candace Shaw with Blue Valpo.
The group gathered
on the north side of the square and heard speakers. Passing motorists honked
their horns in support.
marched around the courthouse square in conjunction with others across the
country in support of “Medicare for All.” Chants included “Medicare for All,
“Healthcare is a human right,” “This is what Democracy looks like,” and
“This is what Diversity looks like.”
announced that the Steelworker’s Local 1010 has passed a resolution
supporting H.R. 676, the Medicare for All Act, which is co-sponsored by NWI
Congressman Peter Visclosky.
“The solution for
healthcare is Medicare for All, if you really want to solve it,” said
Steagall. “Medicare for All covers the elderly, pre-medicare retirees in the
gap without coverage, Veterans not receiving their benefits, the homeless,
the unemployed, the working poor, children, students in college, local,
state and federal government, small employers and large employers, with a
cost effective, fair fee schedule for doctors and hospitals.”
The profit motive
in healthcare would also be addressed, Steagall said. “ We need to be
willing to fight the lobbyists working for the pharmaceutical and insurance
industries that are using their unfair influence to control Congress to keep
a dysfunctional healthcare system. A simple example is the price gouging on
epi pens that went from $100 to $600.”
system is under threat by an administration that wants to cut Medicaid by 35
percent over the next 20 years, causing 23 million people to lose their
health coverage by 2026. Across the country, Americans have begun to stand
up and speak out about this attempt to destroy our humanity when we need the
most help,” said Candace Shaw.
“We are a
collective of everyday Americans, taking the streets to demand that access
to quality care be expanded to all people regardless of income. We chant
“healthcare is a human right” as we change the 'business as usual' mentality
that holds our health and well-being captive to a healthcare model that
places profits over people,” she added.