July 23, 2009
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.
|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|