Friday, February 13, 2015

That Medical Insurance Thing

Hey Everybody!

Forgive me in advance if posting about anything but my music bothers you in any way, but I'm not here to give you a moment of escape from real life.

Maybe I have that privilege when I am singing, but right now, I'm here to share whatever it is I feel like sharing at the moment.

At this moment I'm thinking about health insurance. Why? Because, everyday, I have friends who need help just to stay alive. Most of those friends are musicians.

I'll spare you one of my long rants about how RIDICULOUS it is that we do not yet have a single payer system - and just share related info. This Sunday is the deadline for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare.

My search for a day gig has been unfruitful so far. I got a couple bites, but nothing yet.
Happy to share that I'm writing more songs and have a demo recording session tonight.

I wish you good health and happiness.

-- Mari

Last Minute Op Ed from Pitchfork. It has a good overview, facts and figures from Future of Music Coalition regarding how many musicians don't have health insurance:

Now, here are a few of my fellow music artists (in alphabetical order) who could use a little more help paying for their medical bills - whether or not they have health insurance :

Sam Andrew: Is best known as one of the cofounders of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Sorry to report that he passed away at 5:15 yesterday evening. You may donate in his memory to assist his beloved wife, Elise, with medical expenses incurred over these past 10 weeks:

Lynn Asher : Lynn discovered she had breast cancer in January of 2014. You may know Lynn because she has done a bunch of gigs with BBHC and is a vocal coach in the Bay Area.

Jesse Brewster : You may have seen him on ABC News last night. Has been battling Polycystic Kidney Disease for practically his entire life and his absolutely adorable wife happens to be a match for his kidney transplant, so she is giving him a kidney for Valentine's day.

Harvey Mandel : A living legend of electric blues guitar, has undergone so many surgeries for nasal cancer, that he is the epitome of a real life warrior.

Last but certainly not least. Shannon Cinnamon McCloud: Is battling Lyme disease. She doesn't have a crowdfunding page, but we were able to set up a Paypal account.

There will be an Artista party at Zodiacs this Sunday - more to follow.

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