Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – How do we Move Forward with Healthcare?

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley,  Indivisible Conejo, Physicians for Progress, the National Health Law Program, Grassroots Ventura, MoveOn, and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, October 21. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers!

When: Saturday, October 21, 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura (directions here) 
Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy!
RSVP (and SHARE) on our Facebook Event Page: or by emailing

Knowledge is key to understanding the options we have for moving forward toward the best healthcare our nation can deliver. Our aim is to learn about these options and share this knowledge into our communities.

Our line-up of incredible speakers (bios below):
Dr. Josephine Soliz will make the case that we as a country spend more money on poorer care on a smaller percentage of our population than all the other developed countries that have figured out, better than we have, how to provide health insurance and thus access to healthcare to 100% of their population.
Dr. Minako Watabe will present the case for universal access to health insurance from the patient harm perspective.
Dr. Clint McBride will key us in about single payer healthcare/insurance.
Michael Williams, Director of Grey Law of Ventura County will speak of the dangers to citizens currently on Medicare and Medi-Cal if the proposed changes to Obamacare are implemented.
Héctor Hernández-Delgado, Staff Attorney for National Health Law Program will give us an overview of our existing healthcare model, touching on single payer and legal implications/ramifications.
Afterward, we will screen the movie Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

Bios  (and detailed directions to the venue, including access to the rear entrance, due to construction):

Dr. Josephine Soliz is a family medicine doctor in Oxnard, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of California Irvine School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Minako Watabe graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2006. She works in Santa Paula and Ventura, CA and specializes in Women’s Health. Dr. Watabe is affiliated with Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital.

Dr. Clint McBride majored in Physiology and Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As an undergrad, he traveled to Quito, Ecuador to experience community driven primary care provided by Timmy Global Health.  This experience opened his eyes to the importance of humanism in medicine and the power of the immeasurable qualities of the doctor-patient relationship. He is dedicated to working with underserved communities.

Michael Williams is an attorney in private practice and the director of Grey Law of Ventura County, in which he has been active since 1979, providing free legal services to Seniors in Ventura County.

Héctor Hernández-Delgado is a Staff Attorney in NHeLP’s Los Angeles office. Héctor’s work focuses on substance use disorders and legal and policy efforts to address the opioid epidemic. He also works on general health care reform issues both at the federal level and in California. Before joining NHeLP, Héctor worked as a Law Clerk at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and at the Office of Hearings at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He also worked as a Human Rights Intern at the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, and as a Legal Clerk at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica, where his worked focused on the intersection between health and human rights. Héctor received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He received his J.D. and a Certificate in Health Law from the University of Maryland, and his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he concentrated in health care systems and policy.


We’re getting word that, because of construction at the front entrance of the Knights of Columbus Hall, folks couldn’t access the last meeting. Here’s the cure (This is also the hall’s accessible entrance.): Drive down E. Santa Clara and take the last drive entry on the right before Figueroa Street, you’ll enter a city parking lot. If you park there, or on the street and walk through this parking lot towards Main Street as shown with the dotted yellow line in the picture, you will see the back of the hall, which is painted white and has a long blue canopy.

Note: We have the right to refuse admission. Attendees exhibiting disruptive behavior will be asked to leave.

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