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Featured Speakers:

 

Rhiannon Duryea, US Labor Campaign for Single Payer

Rhiannon Duryea is the new National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. Rhiannon has dedicated her career to advancing the rights of workers and building a broader, bolder, and more inclusive labor movement.

Rhiannon has over a decade of experience in organizing and campaign development. Formerly the youngest ever Political Director of the Denver Area Labor Federation, she led efforts to expand access to collective bargaining for public workers, minimum wage increases for 510,000 Colorado workers, and dramatically increased member participation in legislative and electoral programs. She has served as first vice president for CWA-DNG 37074, on the board of Emerge Colorado, as the co-chair of the Colorado Working Families Party, and is a national trainer for Jobs with Justice and the AFL-CIO. Her chief areas of expertise are in member engagement, mobilization, and policy advocacy.

Rhiannon could not have joined at a more crucial time. A new Congress is in town and the Medicare for All Act was introduced in the House on March 17. We are working to recruit cosponsors and sign up union endorsers.

Labor Campaign for Single Payer

Katha Fortier, The Canadian Health Care System and Labor Unions

Katha Fortier was Unifor’s first Ontario Regional Director before being appointed Assistant to the National President in 2016.

Her current responsibilities out of the National Presidents office include the Communications and Education departments, as well as the Health Care and Media sectors.

https://www.unifor.org/

Katherine Isaac, A Just Transition From Our Current System to Single Payer

Katherine Isaac is the Executive Director of the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute where she advocates for Medicare for All.

https://djdinstitute.org/take-action/

Deb Kline, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Moderator

https://www.clevelandjwj.org/

Bullet Points for Legislators

  • Single Payer saves money.  For the past 20 years, states have commissioned studies on different types of health care systems.   In EVERY case, single payer was shown to be the only way to cover everyone and the only system that saved money and controlled costs.

  • Publicly financed does not mean government run health care.  YOU have publicly financed health coverage, but the government does not make decisions regarding your health care.

  • Cost conscious patients often don't get the care they need.   Most decisions are made by the doctor in concert with the patient, but the patient relies on the doctor's knowledge to make a decision.  Expensive tests and treatments cannot be ordered by the patient, only the doctor.

  • Lifestyle choices are not what is fueling high costs in health care.   The United States ranks low in general health indicators, but high in good health habits.  We smoke less, drink less and consume less animal fat that many other countries with better health indicators and much lower health care costs.

  • Businesses can accurately determine their health care costs and are not subject to unanticipated large premium increases.

  • It will reduce labor costs due to a more efficient way of financing health care, eliminating much wasteful administration.

  • Workers' Compensation costs will be reduced, likely by half, due to the fact that everyone has health coverage and there is no need for the medical portion.

  • It reduces the need for part time employees and provides easier recruiting.  There are no pre-existing conditions or Cobra issues.

  • Eliminates the oversight of health benefits and bargaining health coverage with employees.

  • It creates healthier personnel and more stable employees, reduces absenteeism and eliminates employer health coverage complaints.

  • It reduces employee health related debt and personal bankruptcies.

  • It frees up family income that can be spent on other goods and services, thus stimulating the economy.

Tips for Writing Letters to Editor

Follow guidelines for your local paper (word count, submission instructions, etc.)

Frame your letter in relation to a recent news item Use state specific data whenever possible (let us know if you need help finding some!)

Address counter arguments

Be aware of your audience and emphasize how Medicare for All is good for ALL residents of the state

Criticize other positions, not people Include your credentials (especially if you work in the healthcare field)

Avoid jargon and abbreviations

Don’t overload on statistics and minor details

Cover only one or two points in a single letter

Avoid rambling and vagueness

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