The Press Newspaper
A grass roots effort in Ottawa County to collect personal stories of residents who’ve had frustrating experiences with the health care system was scheduled to wrap up June 27 with an event at Gem Beach in Catawba Island.
Twenty-three people met initially June 6 at the home of Nancy Beadle, Danbury Township, as part of the Organizing for America effort to share anecdotes about encounters they’ve had with the medical establishment.
“Since then about 30 people in the group have been interviewing people they know to get their stories,” Beadle said. “If we get a couple of hundred we’ll be doing very well. There is a lot of concern over this issue.”
Organizing for America, an offshoot of the Democratic National Committee, is giving local activists access to a “story bank,” an online collection of stories submitted by people detailing their problems with the current health care system. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine earlier this month recorded a video update on the effort to pass health care reform, urging viewers to share their personal stories.
A common refrain heard by those collecting stories locally was high costs, Beadle said.
“Costs are just skyrocketing,” she said. “They seem to be out of control. We need to do something to get that under control. A great number of us in Organizing for America favor a government option; a few of us favor very strongly a single-payer plan, which would be similar to Canada’s or England’s.”
The local effort has also drawn participants from Erie, Huron, and Sandusky counties, said Darrell Opfer, Oak Harbor, an Organizing for Change member.
With the permission of the interviewees, some of the information included in the stories may be shared with local social service agencies to help plan programs.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau report: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. for 2007, which was released last August:
To view the report go to www.census.gov.