Thursday, January 30, Dr. Andy Coates, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, will speak from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Madonna Hall at D’Youville College.
His talk is sponsored by the local chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, and is free and open to the public.
At a meeting just a year ago convened by the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, Coates offered the premise that we can create a program that covers everyone but that money was not the obstacle. The issue instead is that as a country we don’t have a model for “social solidarity.”
Viewing universal health insurance not as altruism but as reciprocity can make a difference in that regard, Coates said. He offered also a convincing look at health and mortality statistics that display the reduced costs and considerable benefits of a one-payer system.
Now Buffalo physicians have formed a local chapter. Vermont is already working toward a state single-payer health insurance program. Who says there is no such thing as a tipping point?
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Linda Chalmer Zemel teaches in the Communication Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. She also writes the Buffalo Books column.
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