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Health Care & the 2020 Election: A Must Attend Community Meeting

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December 12, 2019

Peace Action of Staten Island has invited organizers and experts on health care policy to help Staten Islanders understand the debates over healthcare we are hearing in the 2020 Election Debates. Do we need “medicare for all,” “medicare if you want it,” “Obamacare with a public option,” or none of the above? If you are confused with the back and forth on the presidential debate stage, then this forum is your chance to clear things up.

KATIE ROBBINS is the Director of the Campaign for New York Health, the statewide campaign advocating for universal, guaranteed health care in New York. She served as national organizer with Healthcare-NOW! from 2008 - 2011 during the healthcare debate leading to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and is a graduate from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. She lives with her family in New York City.

MARK HANNAY is Director of Metro New York Health Care for All, a citywide coalition of community groups and labor unions founded in 1993 that advocates for fundamental health care reform leading to a universal health care program. He co-chairs the Steering Committees of Health Care for All New York, chairs the board of the national Universal Health Care Action Network, and coordinates the New York City Organizing Committee of Health Care for America Now. Mark began his health activist career in 1991 as a member of the Insurance and Health Care Access Committee of ACT UP/New York. During the Clinton health care reform period of 1993-4, Mark worked as a Public Policy Associate at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he focused on health care and insurance issues for people living with HIV. Mark was a 2016 recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year given by Families USA, was a recipient of the 2012 Tisch Community Health Prize given by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, was the inaugural recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year Award given by the Public Health Association of New York City in 2005, and also received its Health Media Professional Award in 2010. He served on the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation from 2007-12. In 2015, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Population Health Improvement Program. From 2002 to 2018, Mark co-hosted the “Health Action” program on WBAI/Pacifica Radio.

NEAL FRUMPKIN is the associate VP for Inter-Union Relations for the Retirees Association of District Council 37 of AFSCME. This association represents 50,000 retired city workers. He is also a Trustee for the DC 37 Health and Security Fund. He has helped build the fight against the criminally high cost of prescription drugs.

SALLY JONES, Chair, Peace Action Fund of New York State, member of PASI, and volunteer with the Move the Money NYC Campaign which advocates for moving Pentagon dollars to fund the needs of people and communities.


Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lignt refreshments will be served. Program starts promptly at 6:30 pm.

The program will include updates on activism on Staten Island.

This event is free & open to the public.

NOTE: If you or your organization would like to be a co-sponsor of this event please email

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