Panel to discuss single-payer health care proposal

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April 13, 2018

the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement is sponsoring a health care summit to discuss whether a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care would be beneficial and viable in Minnesota and the United States.

The summit is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Founders Room (room 170), Quadrangle Building, Saint John’s University. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Money Magazine, “single payer — or Medicare for All, as it’s sometimes referred to in the U.S. — is a system in which all health care financing is provided by one entity, such as (but not always) the federal government. All residents receive core coverage regardless of income, occupation, or health status.”

Audience members will be able to ask questions to the panelists following the discussion, with a reception to conclude the evening.

The panel includes individuals representing the political, health and education fields, and includes:

John Marty Minnesota State Sen. John Marty, who wrote “Healing Health Care: The Case for Common Sense Universal Health System”
John Nyman John Nyman, a professor who is a specialist on health policy at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health
Rose Roach Rose Roach, executive director of the Minnesota Nurses’ Association
Brian Yablon Brian Yablon, a physician and board president of Physicians for a National Health Care Program-Minnesota

The panel will be moderated by Austin Boucher of Cold Spring, Minnesota, who will also describe his own health challenges and his reasons for organizing the panel.

SJU sophomore Quinlen Marshall, a biochemistry major who is active with the McCarthy Center, will introduce the panel.