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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
On Resolution 54:
08:33 Richard Trumka
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