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Medicare-For-All & Its Competitors: What Plan Should Organized Labor & Progressives Support?
October 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
As the health care sector continues to grow at an unprecedented rate – in part to meet the needs of an aging Baby Boomer population – organized labor and other working-class movements are mobilizing to protect and expand various health care programs. As support for “Medicare-for-All” has increased among voters, Democratic lawmakers have introduced a wide variety of health care reform proposals, ranging from single-payer plans, to other compromise plans that would preserve employer-sponsored coverage and employee premiums, but not necessarily guarantee universal coverage to all Americans. Many unions have refused to endorse a single-payer plan due to concerns that it might diminish organized labor’s appeal to workers as vehicle to gain health coverage.
What then, should be organized labor’s position on Medicare-for-All? How do the costs of the current system affect workers and communities? What health care proposals best respond to the needs of working families, hard-hit communities, and small businesses? Who are the major players and what are the power dynamics at work in health care reform? What are health care corporate interests doing to shape, block, and/or delay reforms?
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