WCD Monthly Meeting – Feb. 12, 2018: “Healthcare Financing: No Solution Without Policy”

West County Democrats Monthly Meeting

United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 655

300 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO  63011



Monday, February 12, 2018

9:00 – Refreshments and socializing / networking

9:30 – Business meeting / announcements

10:30 – Speaker: Peter G. Tuteur, MD – Emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

“Healthcare Financing: No Solution Without Policy”

Healthcare issues have always been on the public agenda, but financing one’s doctor and hospital visits in the U.S. became public policy within most WCD members’ lifetimes. Dr. Tuteur provides a historical perspective as well as a commentary on the current state of healthcare financing. Most of us benefit from Medicare/Medicaid, developed in the mid-1960s, but where does the funding come from? He’ll compare the effects of medical certification and evidence based medicine. He will ask, “Even if it’s better, is it worth it?” 

The policy debate is grounded in a fundamental question: Do all Americans have a right to healthcare? If so, to what extent? What does universal coverage mean? What policies are reflected in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and in Donald Trump’s actions since becoming President? Dr. Tuteur will share his experience- and research-based insights on questions such as these.

Peter G. Tuteur, MD is an internist/pulmonologist and Emeritus Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine. Professional interests include environmental and occupational lung disease, medical education, and health policy. He served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and as Trustee on many professional boards.

FREE FOOD                FREE DRINKS                    FREE INFORMATION

We collect and deliver food donations for The Circle of Concern food pantry in Valley Park. Bring donations of canned or boxed food to our meetings for transfer to this worthy program (but NOT in Walmart bags—see below).

Please join us for lunch following the meeting at the Pasta House on Manchester just west of Weidman,14007 Manchester Rd. Ballwin, MO. 63011

West County Democrats was formed by a group of concerned citizens.  The purposes of the organization are to educate its members on issues of public, cultural, or political concern, to encourage members to actively support Democratic candidates for political office, and to support social action projects or community support activities as approved by the membership.   


Protect Union workers: DO NOT bring Walmart items to West County Democrat meetings.

Contact person:  Terry Gates / 314-991-2529 / jtgates@aol.com

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