THURSDAY, NOV. 15
12:00-1:00PM and 3:00-4:00PM
Hilton Garden Inn
235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY (near Albany)
Transportation available from NYC Metro area. Departs 8AM. Same-day estimated return 8pm.
Powered by the grassroots efforts of thousands of progressive activists, the incoming New York State Senate includes a solid majority who say they support universal healthcare. So this is a crucial moment to crank up the public awareness of this issue by taking action. This can set the stage for our increased efforts next year to pass the New York Health Act, which would provide high quality publicly-funded healthcare for all New York residents, regardless of employment or immigration status.
In partnership with Physicians for a National Health Program - NY Metro and NYC Democratic Socialists of America, we are launching our Picket the Profiteers campaign to show the public who is making huge profits off their health. As a kickoff, we are taking direct action against the New York Health Plan Association (NYHPA), a trade association for the private health insurance companies of New York, holding its annual conference in Troy. NYHPA is an active member of the misnamed "Realities of Single Payer" coalition, whose mission is to defeat the New York Health Act, heavily employing lies, distortions and scare tactics to preserve their profits, which would be largely dismantled if this bill passed. Several ringleaders of the "Realities" coalition as well as other single payer opponents are on the convention agenda including:
- Eric Linzer, President of the New York Health Plan Association
- Matt Eyles, CEO of America's Health Plans, the national lobby group for the insurance industry
- Kipp Snider, a vice president of PhRMA, the lobby group for the pharmaceutical industry.
- Heather Briccetti, President of the Business Council of New York, the corporate lobby group that runs the "Realities of Single Payer" Coalition.
We will be using this "rogues gallery" of our opponents to bring public attention to the destructive role of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries in blocking access to affordable care and consistently using their political clout and mega-bucks to pressure politicians to block single-payer legislation.
Join us in Troy, NY on Nov. 15th as we stand up to the money and power of private insurance companies and demand a healthcare system that works for everyone!
Remote or in-person: show up, support, help with media - lots of ways to join or support!
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/2211269942488967
Invite flyer graphics for print and web: www.bit.ly/PicketProfiteersGraphics
Questions? Want to co-sponsor? Contact Jen James, firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-485-9143