Health care activism in Washington and California
BELLINGHAM — United for National Health Care is sponsoring a forum to gather ideas for health care reform for the Obama administration.
The public is invited to the event, which is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Union Hall, 1700 N. State St. (near Franklin Street).
It was unanimously agreed that any reform plan in the U.S. must provide universal coverage — meaning everyone must be included — and must be comprehensive to include dental and mental health and other essential services.
The group agreed that in order for these objectives to be realized it would be necessary to eliminate unnecessary, wasteful or unproductive functions in the system now performed by private insurance companies — marketing, advertising, competitive promotion, etc. The government, as a single payer, would assume all administrative and financial functions.