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NM Rally Planned for Saturday’s Health Care “Day of Action”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –With the Republican Party trying to decide how to resuscitate its plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, the debate over how to fix health care in the U.S. is heating up again.

As Congress goes on another recess starting April 8, some in Albuquerque will be part of a National Day of Action to advocate for “Medicare for All.” Bob Kuning is the rally organizer in New Mexico, sponsored by the group Progressive Democrats of America. He said too many people are struggling for health care in the Land of Enchantment.

“We’re a state that has a lot of poverty and a lot of people living below poverty lines who can’t afford the ACA, let alone what the Republicans are trying to pass in the House now,” Kuning said.

He said he’s one of many people who have decided that expanding the Medicare program to cover all Americans – not just those 65 and older – is a good solution. Critics have said it would be too costly, but independent analysis of similar legislation found that 95 percent of U.S. households would pay less than the current system of insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

About 12 percent of people in New Mexico are uninsured. Glenn Pearson, former president of Physicians for a National Health Program, said the failure of the American Health Care Act presents a unique opportunity for President Donald Trump to make good on campaign promises for more coverage and better benefits by moving beyond for-profit models.

“America is the only wealthy country in the world that has a free market, for-profit system,” Pearson said. “It treats health care as a commodity, like buying a TV. In every other country, health care is a human right.”

Pearson noted that the Medicare for All Act – introduced by Michigan Representative John Conyers – would provide immediate and comprehensive coverage to all Americans.

Author: Brett McPherson – Public News Service (NM)

NMSU Professors Stand with Students with Series of ‘Teach-Ins’

A group of New Mexico State University professors is hosting a series of “teach-ins” to help educate the campus and larger Las Cruces community about topics related to current events. The teach-ins combine a faculty roundtable discussion in a classroom atmosphere with both discussion and questions from the audience.

“We’re trying to support and inform NMSU students and the community in this rapidly shifting political climate,” said Andrea Orzoff, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences. “The teach-ins are one way we as faculty can do that.”

The first “teach-in” will focus on “Immigration: History, Policy, Practice” and is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in NMSU’s Hardman Jacobs Hall, Room 210. NMSU history professor Jamie Bronstein, assistant professor of government Sabine Hirschauer and associate professor of languages and linguistics Spencer Herrera will join Vicki Gaubeca, director of the New Mexico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, to discuss different aspects of immigration history and policy as well as how recent changes have affected the border region and its residents.

The second event, titled “Is Everything Fake News? The Internet, Critical Thinking and Staying Informed,” will be from 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in NMSU’s Hardman Jacobs Hall, Room 125. Former Las Cruces Sun-News columnist and longtime Journalist Damien Willis will join Orzoff and associate professor of psychology Mark Walker to discuss how to bring critical thought to bear on today’s media and the Internet.

The third presentation is called “Free Speech, Hate Speech, Protest” and will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 in NMSU’s Hardman Jacobs Hall, Room 125. NMSU Chief of Police Stephen Lopez, local lawyer Peter Goodman, NMSU and Dona Ana Community College faculty who helped craft NMSU’s free-speech policy, and government professor emerita Nancy Baker will discuss the First Amendment, NMSU’s free-speech policy, hate speech, and protest.

The “teach-ins” are free and open to the public. For visitor parking information click HERE.

Author:  Minerva Baumann – NMSU