NOW panel on health care for women listen06/24/11 Lachelle Roddy
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The theme for this yearâ€™s national NOW conference is â€œDaring to Dream.â€ It started with a panel exploring how to achieve something many deem impossible: universal healthcare, or the single payer system. Katie Robbins, the national organizer with Healthcare NOW, opened the discussion with an explanation on universal healthcare and why itâ€™s possible.
Before giving her statement on why single payer healthcare is important for womenâ€™s rights, Dr. Jewel Crawford, a family physician, said healthcare is a right not a privilege.
Single payer is a concept that still mystifies many Americans. National Nurses United organizer, Marilyn Albert, said the community would have more power over negotiating healthcare with this kind of system in place.
A long time member of NOW and the National Womenâ€™s Liberation, Natalie Maxwell said there are problems with Medicare, the 45-year-old federal program that guarantees coverage for everyone sixty-five and older.
Dr. Jewel Crawford, a family physician, said private insurance companies are making substantial cuts to their healthcare coverage, something that hurts healthcare.
The national organizer with Healthcare NOW, Katie Robbins, read aloud the NOW action statement. She said single payer universal healthcare is about uplifting everyone, everywhere.