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Oconee Democrats set to host health care advocate Saturday

posted Oct 26, 2017, 6:24 AM by Ocdp Web   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 6:27 AM ]

Sue Berkowitz is the director of South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center. Appleseed advocates on immigration, housing, education, hunger and domestic violence, according to the news release. Berkowitz will focus on health care and the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as “Obamacare,” at the breakfast.

“While (Obamacare) is the law of the U.S. and has helped more than 20 million Americans to be insured, the current Republican administration has reduced the upcoming enrollment period to only six weeks,” the news release said.

Consumers may sign up for 2018 plans from Nov. 1-Dec. 15, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. The sign-up period is half the length it was under President Barack Obama’s administration.

President Donald Trump’s administration has cut the advertising budget and grants for advising by 50 percent, according to the news release.

“Organizations like Appleseed have stepped up to fill the gap created by those moves,” the news release said.

Appleseed advocates for low-income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic and legal injustices, the release said.

The center’s attorneys, outreach workers and community organizers lobby policymakers to ensure the law is far, educate the public and advocates about the law and help attorneys bring litigation “where the law is unfair,” the news release said.

OCDP chairwoman Paulette Keffas-Chassin said county Democrats are “honored that such a knowledgeable and notable advocate” for the state is coming to Seneca.

“The Democratic Party, always an advocate for working families to ensure quality health, education and a fair living wage, has invited Ms. Berkowitz to update us on how we can get the word out that health care is available, affordable and should be a right of every citizen — not just the privileged wealthy class,” Keffas-Chassin said.

County Democrats invite the public to the breakfast regardless of political affiliation, according to the news release. The breakfast will be at 121 N. Townville St. in Seneca at 9 a.m. Attendees may ask Berkowitz questions about health care.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.