Medicare For All Forum and March

Saturday, August 5, 2017, starting at 9:30 am.

Lutheran  Church of The Good Shepherd, 1829 Rockton Ave, Rockford, IL

Contact: Jody Coss and Ed Klein, 815-601-4551 (Indivisible NW Illinois Rebels) or Bill Becker, 815-218-6982

Local citizens are holding a Medicare For All Forum and March for the public in the Rockford Area next Saturday

WHAT: Bernie Sanders is releasing a Senate version of a Medicare For All Bill soon. His last bill was submitted in 2013 and this current one is said to be more detailed. Area citizens coming to this forum will become educated on single payer systems across the world and learn why they might want to consider a similar system in the United States.

WHO: The three people organizing the Medicare for All forum are local citizens concerned about healthcare in the United States and it’s availability to everyone.

TIME: 9:30 am – 11:00am In Conference Room: Two back to back films about Single Payer options. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm In Main Sanctuary: Two keynote speakers. The first is Dr. Neill Mohammed. He is a health care management consultant who has worked with hospitals all across the country to improve the quality and cost of patient care. The second keynote speaker is Dr. Anne Sheetz, member of Illinois Single Payer Coalition and Physicians for a National Health Program. These two speakers will be joined by people with stories about their experiences living in countries with single payer options. There will be a lengthy question and answer period. 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm March from the church to Mercy Health, 2400 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL to draw even more attention to the problem. The CEO of Mercy Health is one of the highest paid CEO’s in the Midwest.

WHY: The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not provide its citizens with universal healthcare. Meanwhile 35,000 people die annually as a result of lack of access to affordable healthcare. “Healthcare has become increasingly expensive and many Americans no longer have affordable access. Medicare for All provides a framework that will cover all Americans affordably” says Jody Coss. With the recent failure of the Senate move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Medicare for All is a solution that will decrease healthcare costs while providing all Americans access to healthcare. There is currently a bill, HR 676 Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, waiting to be allowed on the floor of the US House that could replace the Affordable Care Act. It currently has 116 cosponsors. In addition, Senator Bernie Sanders will be releasing a Senate version of a Medicare For All Bill soon that will be significantly more detailed then his last bill submitted in 2013.

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