Medicare for All Town Hall Meetings Planned in Western PA Congressional Districts

May 2, 2018 diana 1 comment

Medicare for All Town Hall Meetings Planned in Western PA Congressional Districts
Local Groups to Build on Growing Support

Supporters of Expanded and Improved Medicare for All will hold Town Hall meetings in the 16th and 14th Congressional Districts in early May.

They seek to build on the growing nationwide public support for Medicare for All and strengthen the grassroots movement that is crucial to moving the issue forward in the upcoming Congressional elections.

The Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Physicians for National Health Program are coordinating the Town Halls to highlight the need for real health care reform. The Single Payer Advocacy Collaborative (SPAC), an ad hoc coalition of single-payer groups in western Pennsylvania is also participating.

“There is strong public support for the Medicare for All solution. Rising costs and reduced coverages continue to make healthcare a critical concern for citizens. We want to make Expanded and Improved Medicare for All a key issue in the upcoming Congressional elections in western Pennsylvania,” said Ed Grystar, Chair of the Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare. “Our town hall events will help educate and activate the public to get involved in their communities and the political arena.”

“Healthcare remains a very important issue for citizens in the 14th congressional district,” said John Thompson, a union representative with the United Electrical Workers who lives in the 14th district. “Maintaining affordable health insurance is one of the most difficult issues we face in contract negotiations. By adopting Medicare for All, we would no longer have to negotiate with employers over health insurance.”

“The US is long overdue in joining the rest of the industrialized world in providing healthcare as a basic human right,” said Lou Hancherick, a health care activist living in the 16th District. He added, “adoption of a Medicare for All health plan will move the US out of the health care Dark Ages.”

Dr. Ana Malinow, past national President of the Physicians for the National Health Program (PNHP) will present the fundamental principles of Medicare for All at May 5thTown Hall meeting. Currently she is a local pediatrician and recently helped organize the Pittsburgh chapter of PNHP.

“As a physician, I see daily the inefficiencies and inequities of our system of no-system. Despite outspending every other country, Americans do not live as well or as long. We all agree our health care system should be universal, affordable, accessible, comprehensive and just. Let’s invest in a system that a majority of Americans already support: Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.”

Dr.’s Judy Albert and Tony Fiorillo, members of PNHP, will present at the May 10 Washington, PA Town Hall.

Congressional candidates in the two districts have been invited to attend. HR 676 Expanded and Improved Medicare for All remains the gold standard for such a program and currently has 122 cosponsors in the house of representatives.

Saturday May 5, 2018
12 Noon
My Brother’s Place
2058 Leesburg Grove City Road
Mercer, PA 16137
(16th CD)

Thursday May 10, 2018
Washington Citizens Library
55 South College Street
Washington, PA 15301
(14th CD)

1 Comment on “Medicare for All Town Hall Meetings Planned in Western PA Congressional Districts

  1. It would be advisable before the next presidential election, or any election for that matter, that we Democrats have an a actual plan in place as to how all this is going to be done and how its going to be paid for. Health care is being monopolized in this country, and it practically runs the whole economy, which is not good… how are we going to pull all those politicians who own stocks in big pharmaceutical companies and hospital organizations, away from their profit? How are we going to break monopolies, and let everyone go to the hospital they want to and doctor they want to? were tired of being forced into employee sponsored health insurance plans that dictate to us who we can see and how often., and also be denied services, [despite the doctors telling us we need something, or knowing we need something] , and we have high out of pocket expenses. which prevents us from even going until we have no choice. One wonders, where is the oversight on this industry? how is it going to be better? why does the USA not find and try good examples from elsewhere? [ like we should be doing for our broken education system] medicare and medicaid is awful. it pays for the bare bones minimum which leaves people still too sick. Then we have the problem of people not taking care of themselves, and we the taxpayer pay for it. smoking for example, cost us taxpayers who don’t smoke. Why are we still paying thousands of dollars for and MRI that is only hundreds in other countries? why do we pay more for health care for less actual care? There is no oversight, no expectations, no regulations, and rampant abuse. Get rid of the money making health insurance industry monopoly, and let we the people pay cash for services so we have WHAT WE WANT. We need healthy competition… which will yield better care. Is it really an employers job to worry about our health? no it is not. they can simply pay us more money in our paycheck so we can pay cash for an affordable office visit with a doctor. D ecades ago we made a dr apt, we went and paid cash..we had the money. it was affordable. 20 dollars for a ten minuet office visit is not an impossibility. Doctors would love to have their money now not in 8 months waiting on medicaid.. 5 dollars for plain antibiotics is not impossible. big pharma is greedy and so are its investors.. 200 for an MRI is not impossible. ITS OLD TECHNOLOGY… a regular plain x-rays are cheap, And why do I need permission from health insurance company to get one? why cant i WALK into a x-ray lab and pay cash for an x ray and take it to what doctor I want?why do I need to see my primary doctor and pay him to tell me to go to a specialist? its waste. its my choice not someone else s. We used to only have to buy what was once called hospitalization. everything else was cash, and we had the money to pay because we made enough to live. and ot was not over priced. Hospitalization was an affordable plan purchased from a broker,[like auto insurance] not an employee, and it covered a set amount each year. it was simple. why are things no longer simple? Im tired of putting my money into profit making health insurance companies instead of my own doctors pocket. We are loosing physicians left an right, they dont want the mess, and the over expensive cost of college, and the ridiculous hoops they need to jump through to get accepted by a insurance company. or a hospital. And quite frankly, the government cant even run the VA right, or the DMV, so why should I trust them to run my healthcare plan?

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