Tuesday, June 23, 2009

WERU-FM to Broadcast Forum on Health Care System Reform

Maine's WERU Community Radio (89.9 FM Blue Hill and 102.9 Bangor) will present a special live radio broadcast on health care system reform entitled "Single Payer: Fact vs. Fiction" on Tuesday, June 23rd, 6 - 8 p.m. This forum will feature a panel discussion in front of an interactive studio audience at the Alamo Theatre on Main Street in Bucksport and will focus on the single payer option that has largely been left out of the national political debate.

Panelists will include Jerry Call of Midcoast Healthcare Reform, Tarren Bragden of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, single-payer advocate Phil Caper, MD and Joel Allumbaugh of National Worksite Benefit Group and the Maine Association of Health Underwriters.

Panelists will represent different perspectives and positions on healthcare reform and will discuss reform options currently under consideration, especially the pros and cons of a single payer healthcare system. Audience members in the theatre will contribute questions and comments. Jim Fisher, host of the WERU public health program “Common Health” and a planner with the Hancock County Planning Commission, will moderate the forum.

Admission is free and questions and comments may be emailed in advance to info@weru.org for those who cannot attend the event itself. More information and an archive of this special broadcast will be available at www.weru.org.

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