DeLissio, Policy Committee discuss single-payer health care legislation

BALA CYNWYD, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable in the conservatory at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery to discuss the merits of universal health coverage and single-payer health care.

DeLissio was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. They discussed concepts behind her legislation, H.B.1688, which would establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan. The plan comprises a blueprint of bold steps that would result in a healthier citizenry without the financial burden that many people experience with high deductibles and premiums, DeLissio said.   

“Today’s roundtable provided excellent consumer and expert discussion on a concept I’ve been supporting before I was elected to office,” DeLissio said. “This legislation would preserve the private practice of medicine, and it would ensure the cost-effective delivery of covered services that range from catastrophic care to wellness and preventative care. Health care providers would have autonomy over patient care.

“There are many myths surrounding universal health coverage and single-payer, and it is my goal to continue to educate my constituents and colleagues about the advantages of this plan. I look forward to the dialogue and input from many stakeholders to make this legislation the best it can be for Pennsylvania citizens.” 

Sturla added, “I thank Representative DeLissio for holding this roundtable discussion on her House Bill 1688. I am co-sponsoring her bill because we must do everything we can to increase health care accessibility and affordability in Pennsylvania.”

Roundtable participants included Mary Miller, who is a human resources professional; Wendell Potter, who served as a head of corporate communications for a health insurance company; David Steil, a founding member of HealthCare4AllPA; Sam Marshall, president and CEO, Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania; Robin Stelly, organizer, Pennsylvania Health Access Network; and Sara Atkins, a consumer.

The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first with good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Those interested can visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA.