Single Payer in Action: Rochester, NY
May 3, 2012
Rochester area single payer activists have been busy this winter and spring, educating, engaging, and activating the public.
A teach-in titled, “Protect Our Health, Not Their Wealth: Health Care is a Human Right,” was held on February 18. Ted Brown, PhD, a local PNHP activist, presented on single payer, describing it in comparison to the ACA as “the good versus the deeply flawed.”
Dr. Brown appeared on the local public radio talk show, 1370 Connection with Bob Smith, in advance of the teach in.
Dr. Emily Queenan,also of the Finger Lakes PNHP chapter, spoke at another forum on March 18,stressing that single payer health care is the only reform to cover everyone and save money. Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a cosponsor of New York State’s single payer legislation, participated in both forums. In all, about 100 folks attended, and we were able to collect postcards urging our state legislators to sign onto A7860/S5425.
“Occupy Your Health,” A group of young and progressive Rochester folks organized two alternative fairs in February and April. SPNY member Carl Fitzsimmons gave presentations at both events. Postcards were collected at the first event, which will be delivered to representatives in Albany on single payer lobby day on May 8. At the second alternative health fair, signatures were collected on the SPNY 100 x 100 campaign petition urging Governor Cuomo to implement single payer in NYS. This will be an ongoing campaign as they table at the public market and various events over the spring and summer.