Saturday, April 21, 2007

Sunday April 22nd Event in La Crescent - Part of Cover the Uninsured Week

A Community Conversation on Universal Health Care

Lawmakers describe current legislative proposals at La Crescent forum

Citizens of Minnesota and Wisconsin are invited to a conversation about single-payer health care and what state legislation is currently being considered, as lawmakers participate in “A Forum on Single Payer—The Solution with NO Fine Print,” Sunday April 22 at La Crescent High School, 1301 Lancer Blvd. from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dr. James Hart, a member of Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition (MUHCC) and Physicians for a National Health Program, will give an introduction to Single Payer health care to open the conversation. Participants will then share stories about their personal challenges with our health care system, after which elected officials, including Sen. Sharon Ropes and Rep. Ken Tschumper, will describe legislative proposals pending in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A question and answer session will conclude the forum.

“We need to educate ourselves and make our voices heard,” said Craig Brooks, an organizer of the event. “If we don’t let them know what citizens want, the lobbyists will control the outcome. We hope to raise awareness as to the benefits of a single-payer health care system.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Great Northern States Health Care Initiative and MUHCC. Interested persons are invited to contact Craig Brooks at 507-459-0237 for further information.

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