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Crisis of Care A Workers' Healthcare Forum Organized by the Coulee Region Democratic Socialists of America
WHAT: A public forum on conditions in the local health care system and how they affect ordinary people, both as users of the system and as workers within the sector.
WHEN: 1-3pm Saturday, September 21, 2019.
WHERE: South Side Neighborhood Center, 1300 S. 6th St., La Crosse
CONTACT: Evan Dvorsak. 608-632-6166 or couleesocialists@gmail.com
Frontline health care workers will join union organizers and members of the Coulee Region Democratic Socialists to discuss issues around rising health care costs and concerns over consolidation and cutbacks at a public forum at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 21, at the South Side Neighborhood Center, 1300 S. 6th St., La Crosse.
The event is free and open to the public and anyone with an interest in our healthcare system is encouraged to attend, ask questions and share their experiences. Speakers will include John Havlicek of the La Crosse Education Association, Jonna Peterson of SEIU, and Mark Taylor, a local behavioral health counselor.
Local issues such as the proposed Gundersen/Marshfield merger, the crisis in mental health and addiction services will be discussed, as well as broader themes of rising costs and working conditions for nurses and other frontline health care providers.
Evan Dvorsak, of the Coulee Region Democratic Socialists, will speak at the event about the proposed Medicare for All legislation and its potential to transform the healthcare system.
“Between constantly rising costs, shortages of necessary services, and political uncertainty, working people are being pushed to the brink when it comes to healthcare,” Dvorsak said. “The first step to building a better healthcare system, one that puts peoples’ health before profits, is sharing our stories and struggles with one another. This isn’t a matter of individuals struggling alone, although sometimes it feels that way. If we want real change in healthcare, working people need to come together and demand a better system. We hope this event can be a first step in that direction.”
The event is being organized by the Coulee Region Democratic Socialists. For more information, call 608-632-6166 or email couleesocialists@gmail.com

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