CONYERS TO SPEAK IN PHILLY ON HR 676
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15th Ward Health Care Meeting
By Bill Sensiba
March 17, 2009
On Sunday night, March 15th, the 15th Ward NN was fortunate to have Walter Tsou, Board Advisor, Physcians for A National Health Program, and Marc Stier, PA Director, Health Care for America Now, address us on the opportunities and the pitfalls of health care reform under the new Obama administration....
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Contact person: Marc Stier
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Why we're involved
"Representative John Conyers, Jr., Democratic congressman from Illinois, sponsor of HR 676, titled The United States National Health Insurance Act ("Expanded & Improved Medicare For ALL"). His talk will explain how, If this act or one like it were passed, not-for-profit health care would give us a universal, comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable system that would benefit individuals, businesses, and government, indeed, everyone but health insurance companies. With the kind of single payer system offered by HR 676, health care would be publicly-funded and privately-delivered: instead of experiencing a reduction in choices, more Americans would have the options that are now available only to the wealthy--and yet the nation's health care costs would be cut drastically.
"Come hear Rep. Conyers talk about the advantages of HR 676 and how to get it passed. Questions and discussion will follow.
- In respect to single payer health insurance, Linda Beckman, one of our NN members writes the following thoughts,"
Do you have doubts that an effective health care system can be built without scrapping corporate insurance? The Massachusetts health care system, which relies on requiring people to buy health insurance, is in fact faltering badly and should not be held up as a national model for reform, according to a study by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). This report comes at a time, as the New York Times reported this week, that the Massachusetts plan is the model for plans being made secretly in talks on Capitol Hill. These talks favor mandating that everyone in the nation purchase health insurance.
Even though this approach in Massachusetts has failed to make health care sufficiently affordable or to control costs, Teddy Kennedy and others involved in planning for the new "universal" health care system seem incapable of challenging the health insurance industry. They Ignore statistics that show, for example, that Massachusetts had to exempt 79,000 residents from the mandate in 2007 because they could not afford insurance, that ten counties in that state voted in the last election for single payer as an alternative to what they now have, that surveys show that one of every seven Massachusetts residents still can't afford the care they need, and that more people say the new law in that state has hurt more than helped them.
In an open letter by Massachusetts physicians to Senator Kennedy, the above facts are mentioned, and Kennedy is asked to introduce legislation modeled on H.R. 676, which they remind him, "gained the support of 94 representatives in the 110th Congress and which has the backing of the US. Conference of Mayors, hundreds of unions, and thousands of physicians."
- CLIMATE CHANGE
The deeply personal AND global urgency of climate change is so frightening, so gigantic, that many people just can't face it. We can, however, make a try.
1) Conserve on everything - consumption =increasing GHG emissions;
2) Reduce production of GHG including CO2 (mostly from coal-fired power plants that make almost all the electricity we use to produce, grow, transport, treat & condition every aspect of human life);
3) Work for SOMETHING: either to aggressively reduce GHG or to aggressively develop fair, constructive and hopeful ADAPTATIONS - ways to live as a society as (and after) climate change takes its local and GLOBAL effect.
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