Timothy Jost will conduct our Forum
Congress is in the midst of perhaps its greatest undertaking of our generation, reforming our health care system. Our health care system as it currently exists is unsustainable—fifty million Americans are uninsured and tens of thousands more are losing their insurance every week. Health care expenditures, now at 17.6% of GDP, are expected to be over 20% in ten years. Ever more insured Americans are facing bankruptcy as out-of-pocket expenses continue to climb.
All three House committees with jurisdiction over health care have reported out reform legislation, as has one of the two Senate committees. The legislation they are considering would cover 97% of the U.S. population and could restrain the growth in health care costs. Congress is now in its August recess, and whether or not we will get health care reform depends on what our representatives hear from us during the next month.
Polls show that Americans are confused. They understand our health care system is broken and needs to be fixed. Many Americans profess opposition to the solutions proposed by President Obama or Congress, but at the same time agree with those solutions when the proposals are described to them. Most Americans are also concerned that health care reform will help other people but that they themselves may be worse off under reform.
If you want to hear what Congress is up to in health care reform, if you have questions or comments about reform, if you would like straight answers to the complicated questions reform raises, and, most importantly, if you want to know what you can do to help reform efforts, come to the Rockingham County Democrat’s Health Care Forum, Thursday August 27, at 7:00pm, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 20 East Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA.
The discussion will be led by Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Washington and Lee University Professor, author of over one hundred books and articles on health law and policy, who has been closely following legislative developments throughout this legislative session.
Rockingham County Democratic Committee
Thursday, August 27, 2009
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rockingham Co Administration Building: Board of Supervisors Meeting Room
20 East Gay Street