Consumer Activist Ralph Nader to Speak on the ‘Health-Care Battle’
MADISON, N.J. (September 4, 2009) — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader will speak on “Health Insurance and Health Care: The Battle in Washington” on Tuesday, September 15, at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Nader, who was named one of the “100 Most Influential Americans of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, will speak at 7 p.m. in at the Dreyfuss Theater at FDU’s College at Florham. His appearance is free and open to the public.
Nader is a founder of Single Payer Action, an activist group that is promoting comprehensive health insurance for Americans. In a recent essay posted on the group’s Web site, he charges that single-payer health insurance — in which the government pays for care that is delivered by the private sector — would save money and lives, but that Democrats who have supported it in the past are balking now.
“The Democrats have the numbers and procedures to pass any kind of health reform this year, including single payer,” he writes. “But ‘it’s not practical’ because these politicians fear the insurance and pharmaceutical industries — and seek their campaign contributions — more than they fear the American people.”
Doors will open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. talk. Seating is limited and must be reserved by e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The College at Florham is at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J. 07940.
About Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader has run for president as a third-party candidate in the last four elections. Nader first entered public life in 1965 when he took on the auto industry with his ground-breaking book, Unsafe at Any Speed. The citizens groups he helped start include the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen and student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) that operate in more than 20 states. Working with lawmakers, Nader was instrumental in creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.