Community Classroom

Thursday, November 12th, 7pm

Streamed live for free on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Universal Healthcare:

Human Right or Commodity?

“Let there be a coalition of the concerned… the affluent would still be affluent, the comfortable still comfortable, but the poor would be part of the political system.” -John Kenneth Galbraith

On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Three days later, we’ll convene three experts for a robust online discussion. What happened in the hearing? Is healthcare a basic human right, or is it a commodity best managed through the free market? What has the pandemic taught us about our healthcare system? And, perhaps most important, how do we move forward?

The panel will feature Dr. Tucker Slingerland, CEO of Hudson Headwaters, Rosemarie Day, the author of a newly published book, Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare, and Dr. Daniel Lugassy, Medical Director of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for National Health Program. Dr. Lugassy will moderate the evening’s discussion, which will be streamed live on Caffe Lena’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

This is an interactive event. Your questions, comments and observations are strongly encouraged.


Community Classroom features presentations by people with deep knowledge of a civic issue, with ample opportunity provided for audience questions, ideas, challenges and personal stories. The goal is to catalyze fresh thinking through conversation that is respectful, deep, empowering and unique. As Caffe Lena has long provided a stage where the stories of all people are honored, this program builds on the venue’s folk heritage with an understanding of real life struggle in today’s world.

The curator and sponsor of this series is In Our Name Initiative, an organization dedicated to civic learning and legislative action for social, economic and criminal justice matters. In Our Name is a national thought and training organization dedicated to the work of reconciling victims and offenders and finding more constructive ways to deal with crime and punishment.

This program is brought to you with support from

Hudson Headwater’s Health Network


Rosemarie Day

Rosemarie Day helped lead the launch of health reform in Massachusetts in 2006, which became the model for the Affordable Care Act. She has been working on health reform ever since, and is passionate about universal healthcare and women’s health issues. She is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies, a successful mission-driven, woman-owned consulting firm that is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  She is also a mother, a breast cancer survivor and an activist. She is the author of Marching Toward Coverage:  How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare which was published by Beacon Press in March, 2020. Copies of the book are available from Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs.

Dr. Tucker Slingerland 

Hudson Headwaters Health Network CEO Tucker Slingerland maintains a family practice. He has been instrumental in expanding the footprint of Hudson Headwaters across the North Country, strengthening the network of seventeen non-profit community health centers, adding critical services, and bringing medical care to underserved populations in small Adirondack communities. Dr. Slingerland earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed his medical training at the University of Vermont Medical College where he held the position of Chief Resident in Family Medicine.

Dr. Daniel Lugassy

Daniel Lugassy, MD is an emergency medicine physician practicing in NYC who was born and raised in Queens to immigrant parents. His single-payer advocacy began in 2001 while in medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, where he founded a student chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). He went on to complete an emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore and then a medical toxicology fellowship at the New York City Poison Control Center. He was very active in the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC, organizing with the working group called “Healthcare for the 99%.” He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the PNHP NY Metro Chapter.