[HCCN] REMINDER: Health Care Forum

Bonnie Preston bonniepreston at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 5 12:03:39 EDT 2012

MaineAllCare is sponsoring a public forum and a discussion by a panel of four experts including doctors, administrators and business people on universal health care. The intent of this public discussion is to shine the light on a solution that has been ignored to date by both the political leadership and corporate establishment. The Forum will pay special attention to the plight of small businesses and their ongoing struggle to provide and pay the increasingly higher cost of health insurance for their employees and their families, yet remain competitive and profitable.

Two recent reports – one by the Institute of Medicine, IOM, and the other by Consumers for Affordable Health Care, CAHC – highlighted the continued financial challenges facing us as a nation, as well as the state of Maine due to escalating health care costs and wasteful ($750 Billion a year according to the IOM report) practices.  

The forum will be held October 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Blue Hill Town Hall.

Our EXPERT PANEL includes: Phil Caper MD, Vice President of Maine AllCare,
Alice Knapp Esq., former insurance regulator in Richmond, Maine, Jim Miller CEO of Wooden Boat Publications in Brooklin, and Greg Roraff, CEO of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. The discussion will be moderated by Joe Lendvai, board member of Maine AllCare, a nonprofit, non-partisan citizens’ group dedicated to universal, high quality and affordable health care for everyone in Maine. 

Cosponsors of the event are Alliance for Democracy, Occupy Blue Hill and Peninsula Peace and Justice. This event is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend and participate.

We want to extend a special invitation to all small business owners and the self employed to join us in this public forum, share their own stories and ideas, and hear from the experts about what it will take to achieve universal health care in Maine. 

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