(L-R: HCFANY member Elisabeth Benjamin, Director of Health Care Restructuring Initiatives, Community Service Society; Senator Gillibrand; HCFANY member, Mark Hannay, Director, Metro NY Health Care For All)
New York City– This morning Health Care For America Now (HCAN!) member groups gathered at an invite-only roundtable and subsequent press conference with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The event was moderated by L. Toni Lewis, M.D., Director, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare and Ana Maria Archila, Co-Director, Make the Road New York.
Senator Gillibrand vocalized her support for a public insurance plan option and stated that an affordable, comprehensive benefit package is essential to any reform measure. The Senator strongly supported the need for affordability-stating no family should have to pay more than 5% of their income to get health insurance. The Senator also highlighted the need for the Senate to utilize the reconciliation process to pass health care reform and affirmed that health care reform is essential to America’s economic recovery.
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