The Health Roundtable supports the U.S. League's position on health care reform of promoting equal access to a basic level of quality health care for all residents of the US paid for by general taxes based on income and includes effective cost control measures. To that end we seek to educate ourselves and the public concerning deficiencies in our current health care system, proposed solutions, and where candidates for public office stand on health care issues. We promote Medicaid Expansion in NC and support efforts to bring it about. The full Statement of Position on Health Care is found here.
Meeting Date and Time
The first Monday of the month at noon via Zoom. Round Table members are on a recurring invitation list. Others wishing to attend, please email the chair at health [at] lwvpt.org
Currently meetings are done virtually due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions.
Contact us by email health [at] lwvpt.org. The chair person will respond.
LWVPT Roundtable Goals
Our 2020-2021 goals are threefold:
1) To educate the public regarding the extent to which our health care system is underserving particularly the poor and financially stressing the entire society.
2) To seek to encourage legislators to move first toward "Medicaid expansion" and then eventually toward a program of "Medicare for all."
3) To study the NC DHHS program's Healthy Opportunities and educate the public regarding the social determinants of health.
The 2016 - 17 public policy statement of the League of Women Voters of the Triad under social policy, health care was, "Promote a healthy community that recognizes the importance of social, geographic, political influences. Promote a health care system for the Piedmont Triad that provides access to affordable, quality care for all residents, including prevention of disease, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute care, long-term care, and mental health care (including substance abuse treatment). Promote control of health care costs, equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total expenditure level for health."
Two minute video about your vote
This short video explains all the ways you can use your vote to affect health care policies, many of which are not obvious. They are nonetheless extremly important
spoke to the LWVPT and friends in March 2019. Dr. Oberlander is a professor in the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC-CH. His topic was the future of healthcare reform.
NC Medicare for all is a fledgling statewide coalition promoting a single payer health care system in the US that covers everyone. Please spend some time on their website. Under the Take Action tab is a letter to NC legislators asking them to support the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act proposed in the US Senate.
Rob Luisana's Powerpoint presentation promoting universal health care
Responses to frequently asked questions about changing to a national health plan.