Pediatrician, Activist for Universal Health Care
Previously Aired On: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 – Listen to the Show!
“The phrase that continuously runs through my mind is ‘To be silent is to be complicit.’ I cannot be complicit in the face of a healthcare industry that profits at the cost of human lives and in the face of an administration and a Congress that are too dysfunctional to stop this practice.”
Imagine choosing pediatrics as a profession to “give children a great start, a healthy start…”, then leaving the profession because you were no longer allowed to give children the care they needed because of health insurance restrictions. For healthcare reform activist Dr. Margaret Flowers, that choice became reality several years ago as she felt forced to leave the “art” of medicine, as she calls it, to become a strong advocate for a single-payer insurance system such as Medicare.
Dr. Flowers did her medical training at Johns Hopkins, and began her career in pediatrics as a hospitalist in a rural hospital. A hospitalist, she explained in a podcast on progressive.org, works exclusively in the hospital, seeing patients, admitting them, recommending treatment, and monitoring progress. However, she became increasingly frustrated with the health insurance administrators who, with no medical training, were telling her how long a patient could stay in hospital, regardless of her recommendation. She decided to switch to private practice, but encountered the same issues there. Insurance companies were refusing to pay for certain tests or medicines Dr. Flowers recommended for her young patients. As she explained in an interview with Bill Moyers, “It didn’t make sense. It wasn’t based on what the patients need. It was based on what the insurance companies could get away with”
Ellen Brown – Author and Founder of The Public Banking Institute
Victoria Grant – 12-year old lecturer
Previously Aired On: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – Listen to the Show!
Ellen Brown, J.D., developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. She is the author of 11 books, and will be releasing another in 2011 focused on public banking. In Web of Debt, her most recent book, she traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system. She shows how it has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back. Ellen has written nearly 100 articles on this subject since Web of Debt was first published, and is the inspiration and thought leader behind the Public Banking Institute, where she serves as Chairman and President. She has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC BANKING INSTITUTE
The Public Banking Institute (PBI) was formed in January 2011 as an educational non-profit organization. Its mission is to further the understanding, explore the possibilities, and facilitate the implementation of public banking at all levels — local, regional, state, and national.
PBI’s vision is to establish a distributed network of state and local publicly-owned banks that create affordable credit, while providing a sustainable alternative to the current high-risk centralized private banking system. This network will act in the public interest, using its counter-cyclical credit-generating capacity to stabilize potential credit crises, maintain the floor against threats of asset devaluations, build infrastructure, and fund expansion of critical industrial productive capacity. Most important, public banking will create jobs, by partnering with local banks to fund local business, advancing credit for public infrastructure, and augmenting government revenues.
Founder RevolutionTruth.org and plaintiff in case against the NDAA
Host: Charles Giuliani
Previously Aired On: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 – Listen to the Show!
Tangerine Bolen, MPH-HMP is founder and director of RevolutionTruth, a global community and organization dedicated to defending WikiLeaks, whistleblowers, and legitimate democracies. She has a background in Integrative Medicine and health policy. Committed to paradigm shifts in social consciousness, she believes we are fully capable of creating healthier, sustainable, and sustaining systems; systems that are driven in part by a deeper commitment to integrity in our actions.
TANGERINE AND THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NDAA
“The NDAA’s section 1021 coup d’etat foiled”
by Naomi Wolf in The Guardian 5/17/12
On Wednesday 16 May, at about 4pm, the republic of the United States of America was drawn back – at least for now – from a precipice that would have plunged our country into moral darkness. One brave and principled newly-appointed judge ruled against a law that would have brought the legal powers of the authorities of Guantánamo home to our own courthouses, streets and backyards.
US district judge Katherine Forrest, in New York City’s eastern district, found that section 1021 – the key section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – which had been rushed into law amid secrecy and in haste on New Year’s Eve 2011, bestowing on any president the power to detain US citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial, “facially unconstitutional”. Forrest concluded that the law does indeed have, as the journalists and peaceful activists who brought the lawsuit against the president and Leon Panetta have argued, a “chilling impact on first amendment rights”. Her ruling enjoins that section of the NDAA from becoming law.
Former US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Host: Charles Giuliani
Previously Aired On: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – Listen to the Show!
Mike Gravel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to French Canadian immigrants. He attended French-speaking Catholic schools and as a teenager, when he wasn’t working with his father and brothers in the house painting and construction business, volunteered in local Springfield politics, developing an avid interest in government
Senator Gravel enlisted in the U.S. Army (1951-54) and served as special adjutant in the Communication Intelligence Services and as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps. He received a B.S. in Economics from Columbia University, New York City, and holds four honorary degrees in law and public affairs.
Mike Gravel served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963-66, and as Speaker from 1965-66. He then represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1969-81. He served on the Finance, Interior, and Environmental and Public Works committees, chairing the Energy, Water Resources, Buildings and Grounds, and Environmental Pollution subcommittees.