2nd Annual Health Care Conference

To see notes from the conference, click here.
To see keynote speaker Jim Davidson’s slides, click here.
To see action items to emerge from p.m. breakout sessions, click here.

T.R.Reid cuts the cake July 15 at the Pipefitters Union in Denver.

More than 130 supporters of universal health care enjoyed a dynamic and engaging Second Annual Universal Health Care Conference July 15 and left fired up to participate in the movement to make health care for everyone a reality in Colorado and the U.S.

Jim Davidson of PeakChange roused the crowd with a plea for universal health care supporters to read books by George Lakoff, a cognitive scientist, to understand better how to frame messages. He also recommended three other great reads on health care: The Healing of America by T.R. Reid, America’s Bitter Pill by Steven Brill, and An American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal.

A diverse panel spoke on what would get them to support universal health care. For example, Julie Reiskin of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition said the disabled community likes Medicaid for All better than Medicare for All because Medicaid’s benefits are better for her community, and Rudy Gonzales of the Colorado Latino Forum said Colorado’s Latinos want to be at the table and to hear messages about taking care of their families.

“Otherwise, you had us at universal health care,” he said.

Many new people joined the movement and all left ready to go to bat for health care for everyone.

Participants and Networking breakout participants, including leader Bev Wasserman, pose July 15 in a classroom at the Pipefitters Union in Denver.