GreenStream on Aug. 23: Green Party livestream interview with Single-Payer organizer Ursula Rozum
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The next broadcast of GreenStream, the Green Party's livestream show, will feature an interview with Ursula Rozum, an organizer in the movement for Single-Payer health care in New York. The show will air on the party's Facebook page on Wednesday, August 23, at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT.
Theo Williams, a member of the Green Party of New Jersey, will interview Ms. Rozum. Technical producer for the show will be Craig Seeman.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Scott McLarty, Media Director, 202-904-7614, [email protected]
GreenStream online broadcast: Wednesday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET
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Ursula Rozum has been active with the Green Party since 2010. She has managed several competitive Green campaigns and in 2012 she was a candidate for Congress. Ms. Rozum currently works as the Upstate Campaign Coordinator with the Campaign for New York Health.
Theo Williams is a host and announcer from Burlington, N.J. Mr. Williams serves as Finance Committee chair for the Green Party of New Jersey Green Council. He is also a member of the national Green Party's Media Committee.
The Green Party of the United States supports establishment of a Single-Payer (Medicare For All) national health program that would cover everyone and provide high-quality medical care regardless of ability to pay, age, or prior medical condition.
Greens say that Single-Payer would solve problems in the Affordable Care Act, especially the deeply inadequate coverage offered in many of the Obamacare plans, failure to rein in skyrocketing medical costs, and continuing lack of coverage for 28 million Americans. Republican alternative proposals would only exacerbate ACA defects.
Single-Payer would cost Americans far less than private coverage, eliminate co-pays and deductibles, relieve employers of the burden of health benefits, and reduce paperwork for medical professionals. No one would face a financial crisis because of a medical emergency. Consumers would be able to choose their health-care provider.
By abolishing profit-driven private insurance, Single-Payer would reduce overall U.S. health-care spending by as much as 30%. Polls have consistently shown that a majority of Americans want guaranteed health care for everyone.
Republican and many Democratic politicians -- who accept generous contributions from insurance, pharmaceutical, and other health-care industries -- oppose Single-Payer. Hillary Clinton declared during her 2016 presidential campaign that the U.S. can "never, ever" have Single-Payer.
A June 18 Washington Post editorial, citing a study by the Urban Institute, claimed that Single-Payer "would have an astonishingly high price tag". The Urban Institute study was discredited by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and other analysts.
Dr. David Himmelstein of the PNHP wrote "[The Urban Institute says that Single-Payer] would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade... To put it bluntly, the estimates (which were prepared by John Holahan and colleagues) are ridiculous. They project outlandish increases in the utilization of medical care, ignore vast savings under single-payer reform, and ignore the extensive and well-documented experience with single-payer systems in other nations -- which all spend far less per person on health care than we do.
"The authors' anti-single-payer bias is also evident from their incredible claims that physicians' incomes would be squeezed (which contradicts their own estimates positing a sharp rise in spending on physician services), and that patients would suffer huge disruptions, despite the fact that the implementation of single-payer systems elsewhere, as well as the start-up of Medicare, were disruption-free."
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