NEXT MEETING: September 13, 2013
President Liliane Koziol, in her first Club Assembly of her term, will lead a discussion about the Club’s budget and the programs and projects it includes.
MEETING OF September 6, 2013
Pam Jones reprised her role as Club president some years ago, and stepped in to preside over today’s meeting. President-elect Stony, who would normally do the honors in the absence of our President, wasn’t sure he could make it in time but did slip in shortly after the opening bell.
Sid’s thought for the day: “Some people find fault as if there were a reward for it!”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Pate Thompson, a Berkeley Rotarian, thanked the club for their matching grant and food for the Rotacare Clinics.
Happy and Sad Dollars
More dating ads from a newsletter for a senior community in Florida.
-I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.
-Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.
-Male, 1932 model, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.
Bringing Single Payer Healthcare to California
Our speaker was Pat Snyder, a health care policy activist. This is Pat’s second visit to Richmond Rotary. She provided an update on the decades-long effort to bring a single payer system to California. This single payer system promises to be truly universal, leaving no one without medical coverage. It is also more equitable and cost-effective than the complex Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Under a single payer system, everyone pays into a single fund, like most seniors on Medicare do today. Private doctors, clinics and hospitals would then be paid out of that fund. This system would eliminate the costly burden of billing that providers assume today, and more importantly, it would eliminate the expensive intermediate layer of insurance companies, which place the generation of profit above the provision of health care services.
The lively Q&A zeroed in on the role of government and the limits to what it can efficiently accomplish. Of course, this mirrors the debate about health care nationwide. Who says Richmond Rotary is not a diverse bunch of folks?
Personally. I thought how many more health plans will we need to unravel? It’s enough to make you sick.
Alan Blavins, Rotating Scribe