Tuesday, June 23, 2009

About Dr. Ogan Gurel

Dr. Gurel, originally from New York City and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, is a physician educated at Harvard University and the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed surgical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and having also worked as a healthcare consultant, an international medical relief physician (in Macedonia during the NATO campaign and in Turkey after the 1999 earthquake), a medical device company CEO, and a basic biomedical researcher, Dr. Gurel has seen virtually all sides of healthcare both in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a patient (both insured and uninsured) and presently, as a self-employed consultant, he, like nearly 50 million other Americans, lacks health insurance. You can also find more information on Dr. Gurel's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ogangurel.

The Walk for Health Care

Nearly 50 million Americans lack health insurance; many more are grossly uninsured. Every American deserves healthcare and as a matter of public health, economic security, and simple human dignity, healthcare is a common good. As a nation, healthcare for all makes us greater; as individuals it helps us each to reach our full potential.

Healthcare industry lobbyists have been sharpening their knives. The debate now heating up is disturbingly shot through with arguments out of self-interest. Healthcare is about people, not special interests. The Walk for Healthcare aims to bear witness to the very real stories of hardship and inequity that persist in our current healthcare system, however great promise it holds. What ultimately should count is the people's voice, unfortunately increasingly muzzled by a stage dominated by back-door negotiations.

I will be walking from Chicago to DC, meeting with people and sharing their stories (via Twitter, this FB group, and the media). Join me, tell your stories, support the effort ... above all, make your opinion known.

Information about making a donation to help make this possible can be found at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=109580449872
Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/16795636/Walk-For-Healthcare-Donation-Information-Sheet

Post your thoughts and ideas here or email ogan@walk4healthcare.org

While the Walk does not aim to uphold any particular policy position or piece of legislation, the principles of universality and affordability represent a framework for moving forward. Choice is also important but the choices for millions should not entail choosing between foregoing healthcare, bankruptcy or worse. This is not choice, it is injustice.

Thank you for supporting the Walk for Healthcare.

6/27 Chicago (Leave Daley Plaza at 8am)
6/28 Gary, Indiana
6/29 Valparaiso, Indiana
6/30 Plymouth, Indiana
7/1 Warsaw, Indiana
7/2 Columbia City, Indiana
7/3 Ft. Wayne, Indiana
7/4 Cairo, Ohio
7/8 Upper Sandusky and Bucyrus, Ohio
7/9 Mansfield, Ohio
7/10 Wooster, Ohio
7/12 Canton, Ohio
7/13 Minerva, Ohio
7/14 Lisbon, Ohio
7/15 Chester, West Virginia
7/16 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7/17 Irwin/Grapeville/Greensburg, Pennsylvania
7/18 Latrobe, Pennsylvania
7/20 Bedford, Pennsylvania
7/23 Hagerstown, Maryland
7/24 Frederick, Maryland
7/25 Germantown/Gaithersburg & Rockville Maryland
7/26 Bethesda, Maryland & Washington DC