AFL-CIO: Build on Medicare as Single Payer Model; Health Care Debate Video

AFL-CIO: Build on Medicare as Single Payer Model; Plus video of health care debate

On September 11, 2013, the AFL-CIO National Convention debated and passed two health care resolutions--both calling for a universal, single payer health care system. They are Resolution 15, Protecting and Expanding Medicare Benefits, and Resolution 54, the Affordable Care Act.

The video of the entire debate on health care at the convention:

Speakers and time frames in video:

On Resolution 15:

2:00 Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President
5:14 Kathleen Donahue, VP, New York State United Teachers

On Resolution 54:

08:33 Richard Trumka
11:00 Sean McGarvey, Pres., Building & Construction Trades Department
13:18 Lorretta Johnson, Sec. Treas., American Federation of Teachers
17:50 Terry O’Sullivan, Pres., Laborers International Union of North America
22:40 Ed Hill, Pres., International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
26:35 Greg Junemann, Pres., International Federation of Professional and
Technical Engineers
29:18 Bob Scardelletti, President, Transportation Communications Union/IAM
32:20 Joe Nigro, Pres., Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation
36:10 David Heindel, Pres., Seafarers International Union
39:06 Jennifer Drudge, United Steelworkers
42:15 D Taylor, Pres. UNITE HERE
46:00 Matt Schlobohm, Exec. Dir., Maine AFL-CIO
48:21 Nellie Caraballo, Lorain County CLC, OH, USW
51:28 Kathryn Donahue, Humboldt & Del Norte Counties CLC, California Nurses Association

Excerpts from Resolution 15, Protecting and Expanding Medicare Benefits

"Instead of cuts and cost shifting, we call for improvements to Medicare. Doing so is an essential prerequisite to establishing it as a model for a universal, single-payer system."

"Instead of looking for ways to destroy Medicare, which has been a leader in improving our dysfunctional health care system, we must build on its experience as a single-payer program, demonstrating that single payer is the most cost-effective and equitable way to provide quality health care."

The full Resolution 15 is here:

Resolution 54 on the Affordable Care Act is here:

New York Times article, September 13, 2013 Administration Rejects Union Pleas on Health Law