Jim Duffett on Health Care in Illinois, tonight, March 14

health careWell-known health care advocate Jim Duffett will be speaking on THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN ILLINOIS, at a Meet Up hosted by Champaign County Democrats, Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at the Party office on 14 E. Washington St., Champaign.

With 3.5 million people in Illinois having no health insurance at some time during 2003-2004 and with premiums paid by workers up 35 percent since 2000, reform is more critical than ever. Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC), a statewide health care advocacy organization, will talk about current and pending health care legislation.

Duffett will explain the universal health care plan being proposed to provide affordable, accessible, and quality health care for the people of Illinois, and discuss Governor Blagojevich’s Universal Health Care proposal for Illinois and the Health Care Justice Act of 2004, scheduled for a vote in the near future. The Health Care Justice Act, sponsored by former State Senator Barack Obama and State Representative William Delgado, would provide health care for everyone in Illinois starting July 1, 2007. This legislation is endorsed by over 100 diverse organizations.

Jim Duffett has been the Executive Director of the CBHC for 16 years. CBGB is committed to grassroots public education and advocacy to ensure public input in the creation and ongoing oversight of a universal health care system for Illinois citizens.
Duffett has testified before Federal and State committees and has been appointed to numerous task forces by Governor Blagojevich, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, and former Governor George Ryan. He was the 2002 recipient of “The Health Care Activist of the Year” award from the national health care organization, Families USA.

(Everyone welcome, admission is free.)

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