Mercy Killers, a play by actor/writer Michael Milligan, tells the story of Joe, a blue-collar patriot who believes in the American Dream, apple pie, and Rush Limbaugh—until his wife is diagnosed with cancer and their lives are turned upside down by a health care system that provides coverage to some Americans, but not others.
"As a long-time advocate for meaningful healthcare reform, I found a refreshing perspective in Mercy Killers," said Ann Settgast, MD, co-chair of the Minnesota chapter of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program."When focusing on policy, it can be easy to lose sight of the actual plight faced by real people. The play provides a very personal look at the blameless catastrophe many average Americans face when they become ill."
The Columbus Performing Arts Center's Van Fleet Theater is hosting evening and afternoon performances of Mercy Killers from February 20 through March 9. General admission is free. Click here for show times and to reserve seats.
"I'm going to keep telling this story until we have a universal health care system for every American," says Michael Milligan, who is touring the country with his one-man play. "We must no longer tolerate a health care system that prioritizes profits over people. Every other industrialized democracy recognizes basic health care as a human right. It is time for Americans to claim this right for ourselves."