Just Health Care
Accompanied by a 12-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty (with an
intravenous drip in her arm), sign-carrying, chanting delegates marched to the Federal
Building and back to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for a rally that launched the
Labor Partys Just Health Care campaign. (Miss Liberty was designed and operated by
artist Tavia LaFollette, recently at UEs convention with her recreation of
Mother Jones and larger-than-life Junkyard Dog.)
Dir. of Org. Bob Kingsley declares the Just
Health Care Campaign would cure an ailing system. Standing at the left of Kingsley is
California Nurses Assn. Pres. Kit Costello, who also addressed the rally; she is a
co-chair of the Labor Party's Interim National Council.
UEs Bob Kingsley told the rally that the Labor
Partys Just Health Care campaign is the cure for a health care system sickened by
"Bosses pick our pockets to pay for higher health care. If you want
choice of doctors and hospitals, and elimination of co-payments, you want Just Health
Care. Doesnt that sound like a vision worth fighting for?"
Kit Costello, president of the California Nurses Association,
said the Labor Party hopes to put the issue of health care reform back on the agenda.
"Both political parties refuse to put forth solutions. We need to
raise expectations. We want cradle-to-grave security and an end to profit-mongering health
With their blue flags, UE delegates were at the
heart of the convention rally launching the Labor Partys Just Health Care campaign.
Canada already has that kind of security, said Kathleen Conners,
president of Canadas National Federation of Nursing Unions. Holding up her national
health card for all to see, Conners said she is entitled to medical services anywhere in
Canada without co-pays or deductibles.
"Its important that Canadians and Americans work
together," Conners declared. "The Labor Partys working for Just Health
Care will help us maintain our system and both countries will be the better for it."
Americans will be guaranteed an unjust health care system with
millions of people uninsured and underinsured as long as it is run for profit, said
Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the Public Citizen Health Research Group and a colleague of Ralph
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Labor Party Convention Coverage
From a UE
perspective, here's a look at the Labor Party's First Constitutional Convention ...
Strategies, Campaigns and Growth
Just Health Care (rally and campaign)
Speakers (Ralph Nader, Michael Moore, Buzz Hargrove, Cecil Roberts,
Henry Nicholas, George Becker
Solidarity Highlights Struggles, Champions
© Ron Flowers
Labor Party Convention
Here are the
event-by-event summaries distributed to the delegates attending the Labor Party's First
Day One Summary
Day Two Summary
Campaigns Launched ...
Finalizing the Convention