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Single-Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision

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At Green Night Out on July 21, Dr. Walter Tsou, former Philadelphia Commissioner of Health, discussed "Single-Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision."

Tsou explained to the diners, "The Supreme Court decision will have little effect on our struggle for single-payer healthcare, also called 'Improved Medicare-for-All.' We need single-payer healthcare if our nation is to solve the three major problems of the economy, unemployment and the deficit."

While consuming mountains of delicious food, the diners discussed how the present health system, dominated by insurance and pharmaceutical corporations has brought our economy to a standstill , while refusing healthcare to 50 million citizens. Tsou pointed out, "The combined population of 25 States comes to 50 million people, and that number of people has no healthcare."

Tsou told Green Night Out, "Had we adopted single-payer healthcare 20 years ago, our national debt would be a surplus today. State and local governments are being weighed down by obligations for retiree health benefits. With single-payer healthcare, cities like Philadelphia -- and States like Pennsylvania -- would be freed from unpredictable healthcare costs, and those precious dollars could be spent on our schools, streets or public safety."

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Tsou called single-payer healthcare "a practical, commonsense solution. It is a mainstream, centrist idea whose time has come." He went on to say, "If the medical-industrial complex continues to win, healthcare costs will continue to rise, and U.S. citizens will be the losers."

Tsou is on the board of Healthcare for All PA, www.healthcare4allpa.org , and they have big plans for single-payer legislation in our Commonwealth.

Green Night Out takes place monthly at Singapore Kosher Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant, www.singaporevegetarian.com . Green Night Out is sponsored by the Green Party of Philadelphia, www.gpop.org . For more information about future Green Nights Out, please contact 215-243-7103.

 

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Chris Robinson is a graduate of Central High School (#219) in Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Germantown and has been a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org) City Committee since 2011. Chris Robinson is also a member of United (more...)
 

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