Labor Campaign For Single Payer
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2015 Single-Payer Strategy Conference Agenda

2015 Single-Payer Strategy Conference




The agenda below is still in-formation and subject to change! Check back at this page for agenda updates.

Friday, October 30th

  • 2:30PM-4:30PM – Early Registration at the Hilton (Outside the Boulevard room, Hilton)

  • 4:30PM-5:30PM – Single-payer rally targeting a healthcare profiteer (you will be informed of location and other details when you register)

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM – Registration resumes (Outside the Boulevard room, Hilton)

  • 7:00PM-8:00PM – Reception with live music from labor singer Anne Feeney (Outside the Boulevard room, Hilton)

  • 8:00PM-9:00PM – Opening Plenary (Boulevard room, Hilton):

    • ​Greetings: Chicago Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza
    • Opening Remarks: Jean Ross, Co-President National Nurses United
    • Keynote: Leo Gerard, President, United Steelworkers;​

    Respondants: Richard Gottfried, Chair of the NY State Assembly Health Committee; Claudia Fegan, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program; Speaker on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders

Saturday, October 31st

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM – Chair: Donna Dewitt, President South Carolina ARA

    Address: Representative Jim McDermott (D., WA)

    Plenary: “Developing a Winning Strategy for the Single-Payer Movement”: Benjamin Day, Executive Director, Healthcare-NOW!; Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator, Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare; Donna Smith, One Payer States; Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.
    Q&A and Discussion.
  • 10:30AM-10:45AM – BREAK
  • 10:45AM-11:45AM – First block of workshops:
    • Telling Your Healthcare Story
    • Workers Compensation & Healthcare Justice
    • New York: Behind the Breakthrough & Next Steps
    • Winning Support from the Business Community
    • National Legislative Initiatives
  • ​11:45AM-1:00 PM – Lunch (Serve outside the Boulevard room, Hilton)
    Interest Group Meetings
  • 1:05PM-2:05PM – Second block of workshops:
    • The Cadillac Tax and Attacks on Worker Healthcare Benefits
    • Progress Report on State Single-Payer Campaigns
    • When Your Legislator Says No
    • Organizing Students and Youth for Healthcare Justice
    • Two Lessons from the Most Successful Campaign in Modern History
  • 2:15PM-3:15PM – Third block of workshops:
    • Advancing Single Payer During the Election Season
    • Healthcare is a Human Right
    • The ACA at 5 Years: Medicaid Expansion and Immigrant Inclusion
    • LGBT Access to Healthcare: An Issue for All Single Payer Activists
  • 3:15PM-3:30PM – BREAK
  • 3:30PM-4:15PM – Chair: Dr. Paul Song, California Courage Campaign

    Plenary: “Getting Past the Finish Line: The Single-Payer Movements in Vermont and New York”.
  • ​4:15PM-5:25PM - Plenary: “Single-Payer and the Movements for Racial Equity and Immigrant Justice.”
  • 5:25PM-5:30PM – Film preview: “FixIt” – a documentary on business & the single-payer movement (Boulevard room, Hilton)

Sunday, November 1st
(All in the Boulevard room, Hilton)

  • 9:00AM-9:15AM – Framing the Strategic Challenges & Opportunities for the Single-Payer Movement.
  • 9:15AM-10:30AM – Small group strategy sessions to answer the “Framing Questions” of the conference.
  • 10:30AM-11:30AM – Report backs & closing plenary.

Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare or 201-314-2653