14 January 2007

Martin Luther King Marade

“Of all forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
Martin Luther King

Health Care for All Colorado will participate in Denver's Martin Luther King Marade, gathering at City Park, (2100 Steele Street) near the Martin Luther King memorial there, tomorrow, January 15, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

The march begins at 10 a.m., and will proceed to the Civic Center, where cake will be served, a yearbook signed, and more. The event is scheduled to end at 1 p.m.

It's 9 degrees Fahrenheit now, with a soft snow falling — landing on what's built up from the previous two huge storms. In very un-Denver fashion, that old snow is still here, rather than having melted away within a week. It's going to feel like Moscow — a real test.

1 comment:

Christopher Juniper said...

Great thoughts and nicely presented. As an economist I'm appaled at the inefficient waste in US health care; we can't afford all that waste of admin dollars and people's unpaid time (my aunt had a part time job helping my uncle wade through the maze - it was a good thing she was retired). Human health is a critical component of "human capital" - the ability of us to do productive work. To be sustainable, our society needs to achieve a state of "no net loss of natural or human capital" i.e. leaving the world and ourselves at least as good as we found it. So I urge readers to consider that we not only need a single payer system to make building/maintaining the human health component of human capital affordable and universal, but that health care system needs to protect natural capital as well. We need sustainable health care for all. Our human health and our ecosystem health are closely tied - healthy natural systems promote healthy humans, which in turn helps reduce the need for health care services in the first place. Settle for nothing less than sustainable, affordable, universal health care - anything else is too expensive particuarly in the long-run.