NC Dems Host Health Care Forums Across State

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The NC Democratic Party is hosting several public forums on health care in counties across North Carolina this month and next. The forums are an opportunity to discuss health care reform proposals making their way through the Congress while also talking about why reform is urgently necessary.

Many of our member unions have struggled in contract negotiations with employers over health care, often forced to bargain over holding down employee premiums instead of increasing wages. In fact, health care premiums have been rising faster than wages.

The AFL-CIO supports health care reform with these key principles:

  • A public health insurance plan would make reform work. It would bring down costs and guarantee quality affordable health care for all.
  • Employers would be required to pay their fair share. Doing so will prevent employers from dumping their workers into the new subsidized plans.
  • Pre-Medicare retirees would be able to maintain their coverage because of cost relief.
  • The costs of health reform would be borne by those who can afford it, not by taxing health benefits of hard-working families. The House bill includes a small surtax on the wealthiest 1.2% of Americans.
Date Time County Location
7/23/2009 1:00pm Lenoir 327 N. Queen St. Room 313, Kinston NC 28502
7/23/2009 2:00pm Halifax Rural Health Group: 2066 NC Hwy 125 Roanoke Rapids NC 27870
7/23/2009 6:00pm Forsyth Party HQ: 1128 Burke St. Winston-Salem NC 27120
7/23/2009 6:30pm Madison AB Tech Auditoriu:, 4646 US 25-70 Marshall, NC 28753
7/23/2009 6:30pm Cleveland Cleveland County Library: 104 Howie Dr., Shelby, NC 28150
7/23/2009 7:00pm Pitt Unitarian Universalist Church: 131 Oakmont Dr. Greenville, NC 27858
7/23/2009 7:00pm Watagua Commissioner’s Boardroom at the Courtroom Annex: 842 West Kings St. Boone, NC 28607
7/24/2009 6:30pm Mecklenburg Mecklenburg County Democratic Party: 401 E. Martin Luther King Blvd #207, Charlotte NC 28202
7/25/2009 5:00pm Cabarrus House of Grace Liem: 4955 Bentridge Dr., Concord, NC 28027
8/18/2009 7:00pm Craven New Bern Craven County Public Library: 400 Johnson St. New Bern, NC 28560
8/24/2009 7:00pm Gaston City Club of Gastonia: 532 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054

You can download the full chart with contact names and contact information for these forums (PDF).