By Jacquie Rose
Special to Independent Newsmedia
The League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County is joining the United Nations system and other organizations across the world to celebrate “International Universal Health Coverage Day” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the U.U. Church, 17540 Avenue of the Arts.
Participants will view the 35-minute documentary, “The Time is Now – Health Care for Everybody.” It addresses the Affordable Care Act and the difference between it and “improved and expanded single payer health care for all.” Following the film, the club will lead a group discussion. Popcorn will be served.
There will be celebrations world-wide Dec. 12, commemorating the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution (in 2015) that called for countries to provide affordable, quality universal health coverage to every person, everywhere. Last year, UHC Day generated 96 partner events in 44 countries and engaged 19 ministries of health.
This year is unique in that it will be the first UHC Day officially observed by the entire United Nations system and countries around the world. It will be a day of multiple events worldwide to bring attention to the campaign and its goal to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This includes financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
The LWVUS position calls for a national health insurance plan, commonly known as the “single payer” approach. The League believes each person has the human right to quality health care without financial hardship and bankruptcy.
“The LWV-NWMC’s goal is to educate people about the pertinent facts included in improved and expanded ‘single payer-Medicare for all’ and help empower and mobilize citizens and communities to hold their local and national leaders accountable. We must capitalize on the momentum and movement that is spreading nationwide,” Linda Napier, Healthcare Committee chairwoman, stated in a press release.
This year’s UHC Day will be a milestone following the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, and on the road to the 2019 UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. Dr. Michelle Dorsey, M.D., LWVUS UN Observer, and former president of the Metro Phoenix League, reports, “The United States is falling behind many industrialized countries in the adoption of Universal Health Care. We can and must do better!”
League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League also welcomes men as members.
Editor’s Note: Jacquie Rose is public relations chair for the League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County.