Musician Anne Feeney has organized a roadshow of singers to raise the roof on the need for universal health care
What: Sing Out for Single Payer Roadshow
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 18
Where: SEIU Local 49 Auditorium, 3536 SE 26th Ave.
Cost: Donations welcome to cover costs
By Joanne Zuhl
In the pantheon of classic folk music, songs about national health care don’t trip readily off the common man’s tongue. But for Anne Feeney, the right to affordable health care ranks as fundamental as peace and human dignity.
Feeney has organized the Sing Out for Single Payer Health Care Roadshow, a collection of folk performers touring the West Coast to raise awareness and solidarity for the national health care proposal. The tour includes performers Al Bradbury, Pickles, Hunter Paye, Patrick Dodd, General Strike, Bluegrass Dave Wilmoth, Jason Luckett, and others, in addition to Feeney, who herself has been a force of activism in the folk music world. The Roadshow will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 18, in Portland’s SEIU Local 49 Auditorium.
Like everyone of her generation, her life was shaped by the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. Today, she is singing out about single payer health care, under consideration in both the House and Senate, which would create a single government fund to cover the cost of health care for the general public. She’s fighting for this because, like the rest of her generation, she’s come to the conclusion that the current system has been a deadly failure.
Joanne Zuhl: In the folk world, these kinds of musical events are more commonly associated with the peace movement and civil rights. And this is one about health insurance. What is it about single payer that has you fired up?
Anne Feeney: I think this is one of the great social movements of this era. It was tragic divergence that America decided to go with employer-funded health insurance for their employees, because it was doomed to fail, and we’ve watched how it has put American companies at such a disadvantage in the marketplace