The Health Care Movie

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, Just Health Care will be screening The Health Care Movie at the Gainesville Mennonite Church at 7:00 pm. The documentary compares the health care systems in Canada and in the U.S. Join us for a discussion after the movie to share your thoughts of what you have seen, or share a story about your own health care experience. Snacks and refreshments will be served.



August 2013 Events

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you had a relaxing weekend. Let’s get geared up for this month and fall. Here are the dates, times, and places for upcoming Labor Party and Just Health Care meetings and events.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 5:45pm
Just Health Care August meeting at the Labor Party office, located at 14 E. University Avenue, Suite #204.
We will be planning for upcoming events like “Health Care Around the World” for the fall, Labor Daze, the trip to visit Congresswomen Corinne Brown, and the Health Care-NOW Strategy Conference in October.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 5:30pm
August Newsletter Assembly Party at the Labor Party office.

NEW! Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 6:30pm
Alachua County Labor Party August General Meeting at the Labor Party office.

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7:00pm
The Health Care Movie screening at the Gainesville Mennonite Church, located at 1236 NW 18th Avenue.

This documentary explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. We will have a reflection afterwards and discuss how we can improve our health care system.

NEW! Saturday, August 31, 2013, 8:30 – 10:00 am
North Central Florida Central Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast at the CWA 3105 Hall, 1949 NE 27th Avenue. State Representative Clovis Watson will be speaking. remember to bring 2 can for donation.

Sunday, September 1, 2013, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Labor Daze Festival at the Bo Diddley Plaza, located at Downtown Gainesville.
Join Alachua County Labor Party and Just Health Care at the 2013 Labor Daze Festival. This event (and day off, hence “Labor Day”) is dedicated to the hard working laborers who make our city, state, and country run on a day to day basis. Enjoy the festivities with music, activities, literature and fun for the family.

Want to see an event hosted by Alachua County Labor Party? Contact Marie at or call 352-378-2832. And don’t worry, more events will be added on as soon as dates are bookmarked.

Hope to see you at one of these!

What the Prince of Cambridge can teach the United States about the benefits of a single payer health care system

By: Dave Sterrett

Kate Middleton’s closely watched pregnancy revealed many of the benefits of Britain’s single-payer health care system. While the Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity care was exceptional given her stature, it turns out the United Kingdom’s health care system is one to be coveted by pregnant women whether their baby is royal or not.

Prenatal and birthing care is provided for free in the United Kingdom to all “mothers-to-be,” irrespective of their financial situation. This universal maternal health coverage surely contributes to the UK’s low infant mortality rate of 4.91 deaths per 1,000 live births. (The United States trails dismally behind with an infant mortality rate of 6.81 deaths per 1,000 live births.)

Not only are the UK’s health outcomes for infants better, but they produce these results at a fraction of the cost of health care spending in the United States. The UK spends 9.6 percent of its GDP on health care, versus the 17.6 percent we spend in the United States. Health care spending in the UK is $3,433 per capita, but a whopping $8,233 per capita in the United States. Finally, the average out-of-pocket health care costs for citizens in the UK is $306, while it’s $970 in the United States. The UK holds costs down even with a greater portion of its population over 65 than the United States (16.5 percent vs. 13.1 percent).

How can the United Kingdom achieve better health outcomes with lower health care costs while covering a larger percentage of its population? Through its single-payer system, which cuts out the middle man of private health insurance.

The UK does not waste billions of dollars on administrative costs and CEO bonuses that are a standard part of the employer-sponsored private health insurance system in the United States. With the government as the only intermediary between providers and patients, enormous efficiency gains are achieved. So, as the newest heir to the British throne celebrates their first few days on earth, let’s be grateful that they have highlighted the benefits of a simpler health care system that the United States would be wise to emulate.

Dave Sterrett is the health care counsel for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

Reprinted from Citizen Vox on July 25, 2013