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Passage of the health reform package, with no public
option or single
payer coverage in sight, has left out in the cold alot of people used
to being there - including jazz musicians. But guitarist Calvin Keys and
trumpeter Eddie Gale have had enough. Next weekend they're holding the
second annual San Francisco Jazz Fest to raise money for a jazz
musicians' health care collective, to be run through the non-profit
California Jazz Foundation. Congress failed them, but they still have
Mother "Fight Like Hell for the Living" Jones.
"Being a musician myself, I got so tired of emergencies,"
"This one needs a heart transplant, this one needs a kidney. We just
to bury one of our great musicians last Christmas. He thought he was
having a hernia cause he played the saxophone and it was heavy to carry
around, but he must have had problems he didn't recognize. He died a
week later because he didn't have health insurance."