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Island plays a role in national healthcare reform effort

Submitted by on 1, July 1, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

This past weekend, Councilman Frank Matarrese held a public hearing on health care as part of the Obama Administration’s massive organizing effort to help get a reform package passed.

Matarrese was one of the many who worked to get Barack Obama elected last year and he’s been involved in post-campaign efforts to get Americans to serve the communities. And he’s no stranger to the headaches the current health care system can bring.

He said health care costs are a major factor in our city’s budget (witness the multi-million-dollar annual leaps in our retiree health care costs). And he’s in the midst of navigating several Byzantine health care systems for his own elderly parents.

Folks who attended his hearing on Saturday told Matarrese that it’s urgent that Washington fix the health care system, even as they search for basic answers about what the system is and what all the terminology around the plans to fix it means.

In any event, the comments made at Saturday’s meeting will be submitted to the President and our local Congressional folks as part of the reform efforts. If you missed it, you can still chime in and get more information about the President’s plans by clicking here.

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