Leo Gerard, former general president of the United Steelworkers spoke with America’s Work Force on March 4 about the differences in the healthcare systems of the United States and Canada.
Gerard spoke about his experiences in dealing with the healthcare systems in the U.S. and Canada and how one is better than the other. He explained that Canada has a single-payer healthcare system, meaning public agencies organize the financing. Gerard said that with single-payer, or medicare for all, healthcare is more affordable and everyone is covered, giving people a fair shot at getting the attention and care they need. He was critical of the healthcare system in the U.S. because of how expensive and harsh it is on people who are unable to afford it. Gerard said that the U.S. healthcare system costs approximately four times as much as the Canadian system and that there should be efforts to move the U.S. towards a single-payer system.
Senator Sherrod Brown discussed three different issues; affordable housing, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act and the PRO Act.
Brown stated that while there is an increase in housing development, it is not affordable for low income people or families. He also said that the housing development does not help the issue of homelessness. He went on to talk about the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act. This act ensures protection against discrimination based on hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles. Brown spent the remainder of his time talking about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
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