TESTIMONY FOR SB0228
Commission on Universal Health Care
Bill Sponsor: Senator Pinsky
Organization Submitting: Lower Shore Progressive Caucus
Person Submitting: Jared Schablein, Chair of the LSPC
I am submitting this testimony in favor of SB0228 on behalf of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus. The Caucus is a political and activist organization on the Eastern Shore, unaffiliated with any political party, committed to empowering working people by building a Progressive movement on the Lower Eastern Shore.
Since our organization's creation, the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus and our members have been strong supporters of efforts to move our nation towards a Single-Payer Healthcare System that provides quality healthcare to all. SB0228 would allow our state to lead the nation by giving us the opportunity to join the rest of the industrialized world by transitioning our current system to a Single Payer system in the most efficient and cost-effective manner to ensure all Marylanders have quality healthcare.
SB0228 would accomplish the first step by creating and funding a commission to collect the information needed to create a plan so that Maryland can join the rest of the industrialized world by implementing a Single-Payer Healthcare System and ensuring that it provides quality healthcare to all Marylanders.
SB 0228 also allows us to become the nation’s leader when it comes to healthcare by showing us the way to innovate and lead in the same way that Maryland did with the hospital system. This commission will also show the people of Maryland that their legislators are committed to lowering the costs for healthcare, providing more coverage for things like mental health and dental, and ensuring that all Marylanders have health insurance.
The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus supports this bill and recommends a FAVORABLE report in committee.