Concert for 100% Free Health Care

May 2014

At the World Famous Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

According to a Daily News article, “Another unhealthy year for Harlem:”

  • Central Harlem had the highest death rate of any community in the city with 8.8 deaths per 1,000 people in 2009, compared with 6.1 deaths per 1,000 people citywide.
  • East Harlem ranked third in the city with a rate of 8.3 deaths per 1,000 people.

According to another report by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, the child poverty rate is 35.8% for Central Harlem and 44.2% for East Harlem. Compared to city-wide of 30.0% and 22.1% for Manhattan.

Healthcare is a Human Right

The human right to health means that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.

On “The Opinion Pages” of The New York Times, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler write about the benefits of a single payer system:

A single-payer reform — a public, national health insurance plan that pays virtually all medical bills — would fix the health care mess; and, like Medicare, it’s clearly constitutional. Single-payer would save $400 billion wasted each year on insurers’ overhead and the paperwork burden they impose on doctors and hospitals.

Himmelstein and Woolhandler are internists and professors of public health at the City University of New York. They are co-founders of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Single Payer Healthcare

In a single-payer system, all hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers would bill one entity for their services. This alone reduces administrative waste greatly, and saves money, which can be used to provide care and insurance to those who currently don’t have it.

Of course, drug and insurance companies are not interested in this type of reform, but:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete ~ Buckminster Fuller

Consider all of this we are developing a Health Alliance in the New York City area based on the model developed by the Ithaca Health Alliance. This includes initially developing a clinic in Harlem will offer 100% free healthcare services for anyone without health insurance.

The clinic will focus on the importance of community and autonomy to health, and that the root cause of the obesity epidemic is hunger. A prime source of this hunger is that industrialized agriculture and food processing doesn’t have the ability to deliver a diverse diet of biologically available nutrients. A diverse diet of biologically available nutrients begins with dirt:

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ~ Genesis  2:7

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The clinics will also understand the importance of listening and that there is a strong relationship between neighborhood planning and health. Good neighborhood planning includes addressing environmental toxins. New research finds lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. Yet, low-income, minority, and tribal populations are more likely to live in areas that increase their exposure to environmental and health risks.

We must also understand that counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners. This is according to a national study by sociologists at LSU and Baylor University.

In John Stauber’s article “The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats” we learn:

[T]he massively funded Health Care for America Now coalition backed by MoveOn in 2009 which made sure that single payer health care was ignored while the White House pushed its pro-insurance industry legislation derided as ‘Obamacare’.”

The Concert for 100% Free Health Care will be in memory of Atlanta native Chris Kelly (August 11, 1978 – May 1, 2013), one-half of the rap duo Kris Kross. Kris Kross is best known for their hit 1992 song “Jump.” “Jump” was the fastest selling single in fifteen years and stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Kris Kross’s debut album Totally Krossed Out, which features “Jump”, sold over four million copies. At the time of its eight-week run, it was the longest running No. 1 since The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” spent eight weeks at No. 1 in the summer of 1983.

Did the music industry or American society as a whole fail Chris Kelly? More at We R in Need of a Musical Revolution.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

“Jump” was feature in Friends with Benefits is a 2011 American romantic comedy that grossed over $149.5 million worldwide. It was directed by Will Gluck and starred Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

The Young Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly was discovered in 1990 by Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall.

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