>Greens, Labor, and Healthcare Conference To Be Held 2/27/11.

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By guest blogger David Petrovich

For almost 30 years (the last 12 as executive director for a non profit consumer advocacy) I’ve worked closely with families who are at-risk of mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, and loss of homeownership. Though each situation has its own unique set of hardships, the most common of hardship which precipitate foreclosure and bankruptcy include loss of, or reduction in employment, loss of health insurance, and out of pocket medical expenses. Intangible hardships include the trauma or stress of losing one’s job, the inability to pay bills as they become due and then past due, the uncertainty/fear of losing the roof overhead, and the physical and emotional toll these hardships exact upon our health.

Appealing to mortgage lenders who act with arrogance and impunity is a circuitous, inneffective game I call Foreclosure Relief Roulette. Frankly, mortgage foreclosure is a (toxic) symptom of a larger, systemic problem. To curb foreclosure, we need to look at the larger picture.

Our war economy has ten million folks who face foreclosure, 20% unemployment, one in seven who live in poverty, and millions of stressed out folks without healthcare. However, Healthcare industry profits have never been higher, Wall Street bonuses have never been as outrageous, and “too big to fail” banks have never had it so good. What’s wrong with this picture?

We need jobs. We need affordable healthcare. In my view, replacing our for-profit healthcare delivery system with a sensible, cost effective single payer system would provide unfettered access to improved healthcare for all citizens (working, unemployed, retired, youth, sick, or healthy) while saving (NJ) taxpayers about three billion dollars in its first year. A single payers system would all but eliminate our fifty seven billion dollar pension funding deficit for health benefits, reduce the costs for homeowners insurance, auto insurance, and workman’s comp insurance. Do you hear that Governor Christie?

Implementing a single payer system would jumpstart our economy by enabling small and mid size businesses to operate without the staggering costs of healthcare, and through job creation.

When President Obama used his State of the Union address to tell people to “let him know” if there’s a better approach that “will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare and stop insurance company abuses,” the Labor Campaign for Single Payer (LCSP), a network of local and statewide union leaders, responded with a letter stating that single-payer system “would be far more cost effective than any of the proposed current reforms based on the continuation of for-profit, market-based insurance.”

So what happened? Our corporate-lapdog government, intent on protecting corporate profits for HMOs, and Big Pharma, outlawed single payer thru 2019.

Vermont is seeking a waiver so it can be the first state to implement an improved Medicare for All.

What do labor unions, 18,000 physicians from across the USA, and Vermonters know that we don’t?

You sure won’t learn much by watching or reading corporate owned media. Except single payer is anti-American, Socialistic, Communistic or whatever the pejorative “ism” du jour.

Get the facts. Attend “Greens, Labor and Healthcare Conference” at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Sunday, February 27th. It promises to be a fact filled, entertaining luncheon with national speakers, top flight live music, and good food.

Register and you’ll also receive, “Sticker Shock: Non Profit Hospital Accounting Practices – A Rip Off Report” an indictment of what’s wrong with the business of healthcare delivery.

Email me for details (njdGreen@aol.com) or visit the conference’s home page: http://tinyurl.com/6x848w6

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4 responses to “>Greens, Labor, and Healthcare Conference To Be Held 2/27/11.

  1. >What business doesn't want to lower their health care costs – which are now the single largest expense item of any business outside of labor? And they're still "crap".If businesses could return to managing their mission, instead of dealing with sick and tired employees whose healthcare costs increase at a rate 10 times the rate of inflation, I say let's hear about it.

  2. >Hopefully, we'll get a big labor turnout, and those who are clinging to ownership of small to medium sized businesses, including health care providers.The Egyptians took to the streets in rebellion… perhaps We, the People should think about organizing as did our brave foremothers and forefathers.

  3. >What should really piss us off (and get us to go Egypt on the Dupooly)is the fact US taxpayer dollars were spent to mandate a single payer healthcare system…. in Iraq!

  4. >FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:GREEN PARTY TO HOST REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTHCARE AND LABOR Asbury Park, NJ – The Green Party of Monmouth County and the Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) will host a conference addressing healthcare and labor issues on Sunday, February 27, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ. The event, which will be held at the Dauphin Grille within the hotel, includes a full buffet lunch and live music by singer-songwriters Jeff Saxon and special guest Tom Neilson. Registration is $50 per person, with subsidies available to those who require a discount. Contact registrar David Petrovich at njdgreen@aol.com or 732-571-9464. The event home page can be accessed at: http://tinyurl.com/6x848w6.Keynote speakers include Baltimore pediatrician Margaret Flowers, M.D., Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program; Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York State in 2010; and Hugh Giordano, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 152, in Philadelphia;. "Sooner or later the country is going to have to reduce the wastefully high cost of corporate for-profit health insurance," said Steve Welzer, a member of the Green Party's state executive committee. “A single-payer system (Medicare for All) would eliminate the corporate insurance middle-man, cut the price of coverage, and assure that every American enjoys guaranteed quality health care. A goal of the Feb. 27 conference will be to educate the public about the real issues in order to counter the propaganda that dominated the debate last year." "The Green Party message on healthcare is eminently reasonable," added Lynn Petrovich, C.P.A., who will present a "Rip-off Report" on hospital accounting at the event. "Our “sick” care system, which places profits before people can no longer be tolerated and it is up to Americans to demand change." Synergy and mutual support among labor activists, healthcare reformers, and those committed to the building of a green economy will be a common theme throughout the conference presentations. Media Contact: David Petrovich, njdgreen@aol.com; 732-571-9464

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