BAR HARBOR — “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” will be screened at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, April 24, at 4:10 p.m.
A question-and-answer session with Maine AllCare and industry experts, including COA alumnus Bruce Becque ’81, will follow the screening.
Maine AllCare is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2012 as a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. The group promotes the establishment of publicly funded health care coverage for all Maine residents, a system that is efficient, financially sound, politically sustainable and fair in its distribution of benefits to all.
Maine AllCare advocates for the treatment of health care, a basic necessity, as a public good, as it is fundamental to the well-being of individuals and a democratic nation.
Three experts will comprise the panel: Becque, Joe Lendvai and Lynn Cheney.
Lendvai is the retired owner of a small creative services company that specialized in design and production of communications products — videos, exhibits, presentations, publications — for large corporations and government agencies and a founding board member of Maine AllCare.
“I believe that everyone should have ready-access to comprehensive health care without any barriers,” he said. “A healthy population makes for a productive, harmonious, caring and creative society.”
Cheney is the retired CEO of a Massachusetts-based broadcast equipment manufacturer who now lives in Blue Hill. She is a volunteer ACA (Obamacare) navigator and the chapter leader of Maine AllCare Downeast.
Becque moved to Maine in the mid-1970s to attend the College of the Atlantic in order to save the planet, he said. Not being able to achieve this overwhelming task, he became a nurse in order to raise his family and take care of people. Based on 25 years of experience in health care, Becque has come to understand health care as a human right and is committed to getting universal health care established in Maine and the United States.
The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.