Broke? At least you’ve got your health, right? That is, until President Obama’s Death Panel turns you into Soylent Green. Luckily, there are numerous events to forestall that ominous fate, including a fund-raising barbecue for a Utah food co-op, an economic summit at Utah Valley University featuring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and a rally/forum/movie supporting single-payer health care.
Food Co-Op Barbecue
Thursday, Aug. 27
The Crossroads Urban Center’s Food Co-op harnesses the purchasing power of middle- and low-income groups to get healthy, fresh food on the cheap. The co-op needs to raise money for a freezer, and is hosting a barbecue. So, bring your donations ($10 recommended per head) and love of barbeuce to chow down and help out.The Co-op Warehouse, 1469 S. 700 West, Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m., 801-746-7878, firstname.lastname@example.org
Orrin Hatch’s Economic Summit
Friday, Aug. 28
Utah Valley University will host an economic summit featuring Douglas Holtz, former director of the Congressional Budget Office; Steve Forbes, editorin-chief of Forbes Magazine; and Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. The event will be preceded by a short public reception, so if you’re upset that Hatch decided to phone in his town hall meeting, this might be your chance to (civilly) shout at him about health care—just make sure to tie it into the economy.
Utah Valley University, 800 W. University Parkway, Sorensen Student Center, Room 206C, Orem, Aug. 28, 9-11 a.m., UVU.edu/ethics
Citizen’s Discussion Group: Singlepayer Health Care
Monday, Aug. 31
Before you start shouting at your congressional representative, ask yourself if you even understand single-payer health care? Do you know it’s working in 28 other industrialized countries? If you realize you need to learn more, advocates of the option are hosting a rally, discussion, and viewing of Michael Moore´s documentary, Sicko, at the Main Library.
Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m., HealthCareForAllUtah.org