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Michael Nutter on Health Care

 

 


Talk to state gov't about responsibility for city healthcare

"There's legislation at the state and national level for single-payer health insurance," a citizen asks. "It would provide healthcare for everybody in the country and therefore everybody in the state for much less than we're paying now. I wonder if you would prevail upon [the state] to do a feasibility study because healthcare is one of our most urgent needs?"

The mayor asks Philadelphia's Health Commissioner Don Schwarz to speak to the issue. After explaining some financial subtleties in state and federal Health Care dollar allocations, Schwarz talks about the city's support for reform of the health insurance system. He says the city wants every Philadelphian to have health insurance and access to care, and the mayor assures Diane he'll talk to every member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly about the city's position on the legislation.

Source: Liz Spikol in Phildelphia Weekly, "A Nutter Day" , Jan 14, 2009

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