2022 Medicare for All Strategy Conference has ended

Hundreds of activists from around the country convened for an online week of inspiration and strategy to win Medicare for All! The 2022 M4A conference featured more than 20 plenary panels, 40 live workshops, and 80 speakers.

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Sunday, April 3 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Building Support for Medicare for All by Taking it Off the Books

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Accounting principles are often seen as politically neutral collections of credits and debits. In fact, they are contested terrain that can have a huge impact on the distribution of wealth and power in the real world. In 1990, the Federal Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new rule to require private sector employers to list the cost of future retirement healthcare as a liability on their financial statements. In 2008, these requirements were extended to the public sector by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). These rules have led to devastating attacks on retiree health and welfare benefits and have placed additional strain on public sector budgets. This session will explain the impact of these FASB/GASB standards.

Participants will learn how to find this GASB liability in publicly available documents and use it to build support for single payer in your state.

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Cindy Young

President, Health CA Now!
I started my healthcare career at H.E.R.E., Local 2 in San Francisco as the Director of Research in 1985. She negotiated pension and healthcare benefits for 25,000 hotel and restaurant workers in San Francisco. From 1988 – 2010, I served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to California... Read More →

Sunday April 3, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT