Artists Take Stage for Single-Payer Health Care in Minnesota

To educate Minnesotans about the need for single-payer health care, the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition (MUHCC) held the “Artists on Stage for Health Care” at Saint Paul’s Park Square Theatre in the historic Hamm Building. The event featured local artists, singing, drawing and dancing, to broadcast the same message: the current health care system has failed them.

“A person’s health is one of the main drivers of how they view their quality of life,” says Lisa Nilles, MD, and MUHCC Acting Director. “It should be shocking to people that as a community we could make a real difference in that aspect and yet our system chooses not to.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 17 percent of Americans are not covered by health insurance. Although that number within Minnesota is slightly better – at 9 percent – it still means too many people have to make tough choices about their care.

“Families should not have to choose between paying rent and seeing a doctor,” continues Nilles. “We know that single payer health care would benefit our community in more ways than just quality of life. We think health care should be a given and have a dedicated group of people who are working towards that goal.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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