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"Waste, Fraud and Abuse"
On October 29, HCACF Vice President Vince Markovchick, MD, presented to a class of 300 about the massive "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" in our health care system and how single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all for life would address those issues.
The class is taught by Governor Richard Lamm who is co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Markovchick worked as the director of emergency medicine for Denver Health for many years and also is a professor emeritus of emergency medicine for the University of Colorado.
In Memory of Dr. Gary Parks,
Our Single-Payer Friend and Advocate
Dr. Gary Lee Parks, 64, of Pueblo, passed away on Wed. Sept. 3, 2014, after battling a rare cancer. He was at home with his family by his side.
Gary was born December 25, 1949 in Lindsborg, Kansas, to James and Betty (Johnson) Parks. A proud University of Kansas graduate of both English and medicine, Gary retained his love for all things Jayhawk, including his wife of 41 years, Pamela. She was his partner in traveling, sailing, sharing great food, better wine, game nights, beating everyone in trivia and showing their children, Eric (Rachel), Ann, and Bethany, how to spoil their grandchildren (Aurora, Ben and Nellie.) Gary’s individual interests included painting quietly, loud music and louder karaoke, and simultaneously golfing and cursing. Forever a student of the world, Gary was never without a new book, from classic literature to modern satire.
He supported many local interests: Pueblo City-county Library, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Healthcare for All Colorado, Steel City Artworks, Pueblo creative corridor, and ReVolt. He would encourage you to do so as well. You may find the link for donating in Gary's memory by clicking here: Memorial and Honor Giving to HCACF.
Making and Taking Power for the Single-Payer Movement
From Maine to Hawaii and from Washington State to Texas, single-payer -- improved and expanded Medicare for all for life -- activists and advocates came together in Oakland, CA, last weekend.
More than 300 strong, participants represented the three organizations that came together to plan the conference-- Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, Healthcare-Now, and One Payer States. State single-payer activists from the Campaign for a Healthy California hosted the three-day gathering, and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU, Local 6) generously supported the conference.
Formation of Political Committee to Study Affordable Health Care in Colorado
During the last legislative session in Colorado, the legislature voted to convene a commission on affordable health care. $500,000 was committed for the Commission's work, and Commission members were selected via political appointment as reviewed and approved by legislators, including Sen. Irene Aguilar, assistant majority leader and the author of the bill that created the Commission. Sen. Aguilar is also the chair of the Colorado State Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, and she maintains control of any plans to advance health reform through the legislature so long as the Democratic Party maintains control.
For more information, the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care link: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/CCAHC