A message from
PEF Retirees President Steve Muscarella
hone in on health care issues
is the U.S. the only industrialized nation lacking a national system that
guarantees affordable health care for its citizens?
American health care is an expensive, wasteful, consumes one-sixth of the
American economy and is unsustainable.
Medicare, the primary insurer of the elderly, is predicted to go bankrupt by
2049 if radical changes are not forthcoming.
In 2007, 57 million Americans had difficulty paying medical bills. This
affects everyone in the form of higher medical costs. Medical expenses are
the primary cause of bankruptcy in our country.
Besides the moral and ethical questions of health care as a human right,
this dreadful drain on our economy hurts us all. The wasted capital could
fund greater research, home health care initiatives and humanitarian
programs that would markedly improve senior living.
This July, the PEF Retirees will host its third annual Summer Leadership
Conference, a two-day event in Binghamton. We have commitments from national
and state experts to discuss health care issues.
PEF President Ken Brynien will be the keynote speaker at our opening
reception and dinner July 21. We also expect U.S. Rep. Eric Massa to speak
The conference will present a series of six workshops July 22 covering a
wide range of health issues. John Glaser from the National Committee to
Preserve Social Security and Medicare will apprise us of the latest
information on those programs.
A representative from the state Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) will
present current news on our health insurance coverage.
Marcus Harazin from the state Office for the Aging will discuss health care
alternatives and other initiatives that would benefit the elderly population
in our state.
Frank Stella from the American Federation of Teachers and John Murphy from
the PEF Legislative Department will address national and state actions that
Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, will discuss
ways the state could save tax dollars, including spending for prescription
All the PEF Retiree chapter presidents are expected to attend the conference
along with key activists from their chapters.
For more information, contact your regional chapter president or call
1-800-342-4306, ext. 289.
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