Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Health Care Forum at Brown

I've been interested in health care for a number of years. I rec'd this announcement in the mail on a forum. I won't make it, but perhaps some of you can (these things are ALWAYS in Prov.). Perhaps our local/state rags will even cover it.


National and local Leaders to Present on Solutions to Health Care Crisis

Providence, RI – Health Care Reform: Fixing a Broken System, a forum sponsored by the Rhode Island chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the Brown University chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2009, from 7pm to 9pm at Brown University’s Starr Auditorium (McMillan Hall, Room 117) at 167 Thayer Street in Providence, RI. The forum is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

“Over 47 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured, millions more are denied coverage, and medical and prescription costs are skyrocketing,” says Brian Hull, Deputy State Director of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, “something needs to be done to fix the crisis.” Attend this forum to learn more about the problems with the present health care delivery system and listen to what is necessary to bring about the transformational change that will guarantee quality health care for everyone. Hear from a Congressional health care leader’s staff member, a local Rhode Island physician, and other health policy experts discuss the problems and propose solutions, including federal legislation HR 676 Medicare for All (also known as single-payer health care), a bill that was co-authored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Audience participation is encouraged.

Forum panelists include Joel Segal, the legislative assistant to health care champion Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Dr. Tim Cavanaugh of Family Health Services in Cranston, Rachel DeGolia of Universal Health Care Action Network, Katie Robbins of Healthcare-NOW!, and Donna Smith of the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

For further information regarding the forum, visit Interested individuals can contact: Robert Malin, PDA’s Rhode Island State Coordinator, 401-497-7419 or
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