Nancy Pelosi was scheduled to participate in a Q&A this morning. In a surprise announcement, Al Gore joined her! The conversation was lively. It also provided an additional example of two folks who are ready and willing to work together for a larger cause.
I sat in on a healthcare discussion, which was led by nyceve,, an activist who has gone way above the ordinary in terms of illustrating the human element of our failed health care system. She assembled a wide set of voices on the issue, including someone she doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with, Ezra Klein. A lot of passionate people were in the room, which is good to see. Ezra provided one of most salient points, I think: we won’t get universal single-payer care (not coverage!!!) unless we defeat politicians standing in the way. Max Baucus, for instance, chairs the Senate Finance Committee. One of its purviews is healthcare. We have to get Max on our side of the issue or find a suitable replacement.
I’m going to a framing discussing this afternoon, possibly followed by a screening. Donna Edwards is scheduled to address us later tonight.