Friday, December 4, 2009

SAG supports Health Reform

From July, 2009

" As we all know, the current path of American health care is unsustainable. Health care costs are out of control for even those with insurance, and most workers without coverage can’t afford the skyrocketing rates for even the barest minimal coverage. 
Health care reform packages have now begun to move through both houses of Congress. These proposals, with NO prescreening qualifications, seek to: cover 97 percent of all Americans, include penalties for employers who do NOT offer health care coverage to workers; provide subsidies for those who fall below the poverty line; and create a robust public insurance plan (in addition to what is currently offered by private insurers). 
We are moving toward a truly historic moment when Americans finally will have access to quality, affordable health care. All Americans have a right to health care, and we vigorously support current federal health care reform efforts.
Screen Actors Guild, representing more than 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures, television, commercials, industrials, video games, Internet and all new media formats, joins with the AFL-CIO and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney in support of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009."
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Note that specifics of any plan are not discussed in SAG policy, only the need to reform and expand health care. In defference to the diversity of the memberships views on the specifics of the issues, there is no official stand on the specifics of health care reform legislation, The Screen Actors Guild is a member of the AFL-CIO, which has its own policy and stance on Federal Health Care Reform, updated as each version of the legislation moves forward.

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