[act-ma] Tonight: Why is Everyone Talking About a Single Payer Health Plan?

Malika McCray malika_23 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 22 09:37:27 PDT 2009

Why is everyone talking about a "Single Payer Health Plan"?  *Event Flyer attached

Tonight, Monday June 22, Dr. Rachel Nardin, President of the Mass chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan, will present information about Single Payer, followed by a community discussion.  The event, sponsored by Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace (SMUJP), the Somerville Teachers Association, Jobs with Justice Health Care Action Committee and Mass-Care takes place at the Somerville Library (Main Branch) at 7pm. 
A single payer system is publicly funded health care, privately delivered.  Legislation in Congress and in the Massachusetts legislature would establish universal comprehensive coverage at a lower cost than the current patchwork of public and private plans.
According to a recent report by the city of Somerville, health care costs currently account for about 15% of the municipal budget and are out-pacing growth in revenues.  A single payer plan would lift this burden, allowing cities like Somerville to maintain threatened services such as education, police, fire and libraries.
SMUJP is supporting the campaign for a single payer health plan because we believe that quality health care for all is necessary for communities to become peaceful and prosperous.  For more information, contact kcloud at rcn.com or call 617-776-4704.

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