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Sept. 11, 2017
Press Call on Tuesday: Lawmakers, Health Experts and Others Highlight Merits of Single-Payer Health Care
On Eve of Sen. Sanders’ Introduction of Legislation, Public Citizen, Other Groups Call for Guaranteed Universal Coverage
WHAT: Press call on the merits of single-payer health care, in advance of the introduction by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare-for-All legislation.The call will feature lawmakers, health experts and others who need and want single-payer health care. They will outline what a guaranteed universal coverage system could accomplish, how it would impact the health care industry and how it would reach people at all levels of need – including those who are low-income, living with disabilities, housing-insecure and others.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen
Dan Hendricks, lead benefits specialist, Health Care for the Homeless (Baltimore)
Barbara DiPietro, senior director of policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
David Levine, CEO and co-founder, American Sustainable Business Council
Rebecca Hamilton, family owner and vice president of Badger Balm, a small business in New Hampshire
Dr. Adam Gaffney, practicing physician, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance
Michael Lighty, director of public policy, National Nurses United
Pancho Argüelles, executive director, Living Hope Wheelchair Association
Eagan Kemp, health care policy advocate, Public Citizen (moderator)
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 12
CALL-IN: Contact Public Citizen’s communications office for the call-in number.