Monday, February 16, 2009

LA Greens Health Care Event - Feb 18 @ 7pm

At the LA Greens meeting this week, we'll be tackling the issue of health care. There is reason to be hopeful that a national universal health care plans is within reach, and I think the Greens should be part of that conversation.

I'm going to post some notes from the research I've been doing for that meeting on this blog. First, here is the blurb I wrote for the LA Greens event:

LA Greens Health Care Event - Feb 18 @ 7pm
In 2008, the census reported that more than 45 million Americans lacked health insurance. With the economy continuing to worsen and unemployment rising quickly, that number is likely to be significantly higher this year. Universal access to affordable, high quality health care has never been more important.

The national Green Party platform states, "Health care is a human right, not a privilege," and calls for Canadian-style single-payer universal health care. Greens believe single-payer systems are the best way to guarantee this human right.

In his campaign, Barack Obama promised to pass health care reform that will "provide affordable, accessible health care to all." The president's plan relies on new options and regulations, but individuals and businesses will continue to buy their own health care insurance.

With his election, the United States is as close to passing health care reform as it has been in a decade. But is President Obama's plan the right way forward? On Wednesday, February 18, the LA Greens will debate President Obama's health care plan.

The Los Angeles Greens meet the third Wednesday of every month at 7PM at The Peace Center, 8124 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Meetings are free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Children are welcome. Free parking is available behind the building.


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