“Community Conversations” will feature a panel discussion about Universal Health Care on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road) from 1 to 3 p.m. The panel will include Maribeth Woodford, executive director of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, Mike Rust from Health Watch which helps with rural access to health care, Dawn Garcia, RN of Western Wisconsin’s Citizen’s Action, and Lorene Vedder M.D.

The United Nations has unanimously adopted a resolution in the General Assembly that emphasizes health as an essential element of international development. The resolution urges governments to move toward providing all people with access to affordable, quality health care services. There is no specific recommended plan for all countries. Every country must decide its own methods for providing health care.

The panelists will discuss the inequities of health care in the United States and offer solutions for providing universal care. In Congress, there already is a bill H.R. 676 “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All” and another is “Medicare at 55 Act”, co-sponsored by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. All are invited to join this nonpartisan discussion.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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