Yesterday at the SPAN-Ohio rally (Single-Payer Action Network), Tim Kettler, the Green Party’s candidate for Secretary of State, and I were there to show our solidarity. Tim spoke as a small business owner, and called upon other business owners to pay a slightly higher rate of tax in order to insure all people in Ohio.
The SPAN rally was on the Third Street side of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. On the other side of the Statehouse, bikers (as in motorcycle riders) were holding their own rally. As irony would have it, Ohio Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland was reportedly schmoozing the bikers, according to Columbus Indymedia. Meanwhile, some union forces and SPAN coalition members were just a bit hostile to Green Party candidates, who support their efforts – in contrast to their candidate, Strickland.
Of course, the surest way to get Strickland to come out for universal health care and single-payer is to actually support the Third Party candidates who agree with and will fight for your position. The irony is that the SPAN forces may very well let Strickland off the hook by not pressuring him to endorse the SPAN issue. He’ll run to the center, and then, with a right-wing Republican Statehouse, it will be four more years of politics as usual and the erosion of health care benefits.