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Demystifying Health Care for All Americans Through the Lens of COVID-19

COVID-19 has once again highlighted the inadequacy and injustice of the current U.S. healthcare system. In this Right to Health Web-In: “Demystifying Health Care for All Americans Through the Lens of COVID-19,” co-hosted by Physicians for a National Health Program, we explored what the current state of health care is for Americans, how this compares to the Canadian health care system and universal coverage programs around the world, and why we need to fight for health care for all now more than ever, making sure to promote policies that include preventive and protective measures as well as an equitable response for COVID-19 and future pandemics.


Our panelists will unpacked what health care for all Americans means and broke down common myths and misconceptions about universal healthcare. They discussed how such programs have been successfully developed and implemented in Canada and elsewhere, then explored how that history can inform our efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure we are better equipped to stop or even prevent future pandemics.  

During the discussion, we heard from the following accomplished and inspiring women:



  • Rachel Madley - 5th year PhD training at Columbia University, SNaHP National Executive Board Member and PNHP New York, Metro Student Board Member



  • Dr. Susan Rogers - President-elect, Physicians for a National Health Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush University

  • Professor Karen Palmer - Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and Health Care Policy Analyst and Health System Researcher

  • Stephanie Kang - Doctor of Public Health Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Health Policy Advisor; US House of Representatives - Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

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