Carl Finamore

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Carl Finamore is a longtime labor activist who worked as an Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Union organizer and refinery operator at the Chevron Richmond Refinery and later as Machinist Union president at United Airlines at SFO before his 2008 retirement.

Born and raised in a Chicago working-class family, he was radicalized by veteran socialist trade unionists who greatly impressed him by living modestly and thinking broadly.

His writings appear in CounterPunch, BeyondChron, Portside, TalkingUnion, CommonDreams and Znet reaching hi targeted audience of working people.

Carl was chosen for the Single Payer Activist Award for his informative and inspirational writings about universal health care. He first got involved with Single Payer in the ‘90’s when he met Don Bechler of Single Payer Now. Always a spokesperson for the working class, Carl took up the mantle of critically analyzing America’s health care system.

In 2012 he wrote Wealth & Health: Public Taxes, Private Dollars (published in BeyondChron and re-printed by PNHP) outlining the high cost and low efficiency of our for profit health care system which as he says, “is surprisingly paid for by our tax dollars.” He urged that congress stop tap dancing around address the “greed and inefficiency of the profiteers who are engulfing and undermining our medical system.

Carl was chosen for this year’s SPA Award for his informative and inspirational writings about universal health care. He became involved with Single Payer in the ‘90’s upon meeting Don Bechler of Single Payer Now. Always a spokesperson for the working class, Carl took up the mantle of critically analyzing America’s health care system.

In 2012 he wrote Wealth & Health: Public Taxes, Private Dollars (published in BeyondChron and re-printed by PNHP) outlining the high cost and low efficiency of our for profit health care system which as he says, “is surprisingly paid for by our tax dollars.” He urged that congress to address the “greed and inefficiency of the profiteers who are engulfing and undermining our medical system.”

In 2015, after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, Carl revisited the issue in his Common Dreams article “Five Years In- How’s the Affordable Care Act Doing? A Diagnosis.” He accurately diagnosed that, “ACA still primarily serves as a huge government marketing campaign for private insurance companies, funneling millions of new customers with few if any restrictions on ever-escalating prices.”

Mr. Finamore does the hard research and compiles the data to make his points and drives them home with his no-holds barred, insightful analysis. He is a working class hero who is not afraid to speak the truth. We are proud to honor him with the Single Payer Activist Award.