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San Diego – Americans worry about the high cost of health care. On an individual level, many of us fear that we are one medical catastrophe from bankruptcy. On a national level, spending on health care exceeds spending for defense and threatens our country’s solvency. Deliberative forums on this difficult subject will provide participants with an opportunity to carefully weigh the trade-offs involved in achieving those things they most care about: good health, ability to pay their bills, personal freedom, and a nation that can meet its citizens’ needs.
On December 8th and February 6th, all San Diegans are invited to join the national dialogue about health care costs, by deliberating and contributing their ideas. Facilitated by members of the San Diego Deliberation Network, participants in the forums will rely on a proven framework to consider how we can reduce costs and still get the care we need. Several options will be considered, each rooted in a shared concern, along with drawbacks to each option. The deliberative format provides a means for moving forward, while avoiding polarizing rhetoric. To watch a brief two minute YouTube video about the discussion, click here.
The shared judgment from forums like these across the country will be compiled and presented to members of the National Conference of State Legislatures in conjunction with the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forum Institute, Public Agenda, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the National Coalition of Deliberation and Dialogue at a national convening of A Public Voice in May 2016.
Join the Dialogue! To register for the San Diego events, drop a line to Contact@SDDN.org.
Posted by Mary Thompson