Health Care for the 99%

On February 11th 2011, advocates of single-payer health care congregated at Mellon Green, the home of Occupy Pittsburgh. Snow was steadily falling, but that didn’t stop a range of insured and uninsured Pittsburghers from issuing the rallying cry, Health Care for the 99%.


One Poem by Changming Yuan

The Occupant with Apical HCM

Unlike those young strong-bodied athletes
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Fiction by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein



“Hey, Bug.”

Caroline could barely hear her own words. (Had she said them?) The oxygen hissed up her nose through the plastic prongs. The pull of the Vicodin lured her toward sleep. Sam didn’t look up from his Spirograph, but Caroline knew that that didn’t mean he hadn’t heard her.

“Bug?” she said again. This time she detected a slight hesitation in the whirring of his pen. The symmetric designs stopped spilling onto his spiral-bound notebook.

“Do you like it?”

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Pittsburgh for Universal Health Care

Last week, the Healthy Artists collective set out to cover City Councilman Bill Peduto’s 4th Annual Holiday Fete.  The party brought together some of the most intelligent and progressive voices in Pittsburgh.  Between black and gold martinis and grooving to the funk and soul band, we asked folks, “Why do you stand for universal health care?”

Photo Essay by Eleanor Leonne Bennett

Eleanor's Self-Portrait at the Hospital

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Fiction by T. Fox Dunham

Aetna Land

“The pharmacist says there’s a problem,” said Anna.

Her voice cracked over the cell phone. I’d fallen asleep an hour before while writing, so I felt submerged at the bottom of an ocean, still foggy.

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One Poem by Lynn Hoffman

The Ballad of Health Care
by The Republican Senators of the United States
-musical accompaniment on the penny whistle

Little Marie has outgrown the braces
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Flash Fiction by Cheryl Lawton Malone

On a Scale of One to Ten, How Do You Feel?

The girl behind the glass taps her manicured nails and tells you the doctor is running late as you stand there thinking: so what’s new, but instead of saying that you wobble back to your chair, a tan number with a band-aid pattern, to watch the talking head of Bill O’Reilly on the TV, Continue reading →

One Poem by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

There There

Hush little one
don’t you cry,
Children’s Tylenol
is on the way.

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Occupy for Universal Health Care

Dr. Scott Tyson, CEO, pediatrician and long-time activist, voices his support for universal health care and belief that the Occupy movement can help to push single-payer forward. Dr. Tyson is the president of Health Care 4 All PA Education Fund – an organization founded in 2005 to educate the public about universal health care and conduct research to inform a debate about health care access in PA. Dr. Tyson is also an art enthusiast who has generously supported artists and arts organizations in the PA region.

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