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For the first time people interested in health care reform will be gathering here in Florida for a conference on how to fix our nation’s health care problems. The focus of the summit will be “Medicare for All”. The conference takes place February 16th and 17th in South Florida.
President Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new health care system that covers everyone and costs less than the current system. So far the President has not offered a plan.
Currently Americans pay more per capita than any other nation on earth for health care. Yet millions of people fall through the cracks. They are not covered by insurance and do not have a primary care physician. When they need health care they often start with the emergency room or a walk-in clinic. Obamacare allowed more people to get private health insurance or Medicaid. But some activists say it’s unconscionable that with a nation as wealthy as the US that we still have people without health insurance or going bankrupt because they cannot afford health care. Bankruptcies are down by about 50% since Obamcare. But according to Consumer Reports a 2014 study found that most bankruptcies were still related to medical debt. https://www.consumerreports.org/personal-bankruptcy/how-the-aca-drove-down-personal-bankruptcy/
The first Florida Health Care Summit wants to create a path toward universal health care in Florida.
The summit begins Friday February 16th at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33406.
One of the main organizers of this event is Michael Lighty.
Michael Lighty is the Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United, where he has worked since its founding in 2009, and for the California Nurses Association since 1994.
The weekend kicks off with a bang offering a wide array of speakers and experts to discuss and inspire action. Champions for human rights, Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women delivers the keynote address, Friday evening, February 16, 2018, and Congressman Alan Grayson delivers the keynote address Saturday evening, February 17, 2018. Other speakers and panelists include Lois Frankel, Congresswoman, Annette Taddeo, Florida State Senate, Michael Lighty, National Nurses United, Denis Campbell, UK Progressive Magazine, Nina Turner, Our Revolution, Kristen Rose Gonzalez, Miami Beach Commissioner, Lynne Hubbard, City of Riviera Beach Councilwoman, Egan Kemp, Public Citizen, Alex Lawson, Social Security Works, Jay Schwartz, Pembroke Pines Commissioner, Libby Devlin National Nurses United, Chuck Woolery, American Public Health Association, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance, Gerald Freidman, University of Massachusetts, Laura Finley, PhD, Barry University, Deborah Foote, Oral Health Florida and many others. (See website for complete listing www.floridahealthcaresummit.org)
The Florida Health Care Summit is an all-volunteer effort formed by a coalition of numerous nonprofits, organizations and individuals united in their desire to make health care accepted as a human right. Some of the non-profit contributors include Florida Media Labs, Progressive Democrats of America, Public Citizen, Communications Workers of America, National Nurses United, Our Revolution, and Social Security Works.