2010-04-08 / Local & State

Single-payer Healthcare Advocates To Meet Here

Summit set for this Friday at 6 p.m.

The regional and national leadership of Progressive Democrats of America will be in Pittsburgh this week to begin a series of events to support a state improved- Medicare-for-all, single-payer healthcare system.

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which recently became law, will not solve the healthcare crisis in this country,” said Tim Carpenter, PDA national director. “The Medicare system proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that government can do some things much better than the private sector,” Carpenter explained.

PDA national field coordinator Conor Boylan will join Carpenter for meetings and events in the Keystone state April 8-10. Topics of discussion will include organizing support for HB1660/SB400 — Pennsylvania’s single-payer healthcare bill.

After meetings in Pittsburgh on April 8, Carpenter and Boylan will be in Mc- Connellsburg for “The Progressive Summit of Central PA” beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 9, in the community room of Community State Bank at 415 Fulton Drive, McConnellsburg.

The event will also feature Chuck Pennacchio, executive director of Healthcare4AllPA.

Progressive Democrats of America is one of the nation’s fastest-growing grassroots political organizations; it recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and has active chapters in 45 states. More information is available at: http://pdamerica.org.

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