From the Friday Freethinkers at Sarasota UU:

Two Sarasotans who are outspoken on the need for health care reform with discuss their views in a special panel on health care reform Friday, August 28, at 10 a.m. in the Jefferson Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota – 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. (Map)

Florida State Rep. Keith Fitzgerald whose District 69 encompasses most of Sarasota; Dr. Lisa Merritt, a physician with Genesis Health Services, a not-for-profit healthcare provider in Sarasota, will discuss the implications of health care reform for low-income and working individuals.

The panel discussion is being sponsored by the First Friday Freethinkers and will be moderated by UUCS’s Dick Happy.

Keith Fitzgerald, who sits on the state Health and Family Services Policy Council, has made family services a priority of his tenure in the House of Representatives and has become one of the area’s most dynamic speakers on behalf of social justice.
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Dr. Merritt is a board-certified psychiatrist and a special in the area of pain management. She received her degrees from Georgetown and Howard universities and practiced medicine in both California and Texas before moving to Florida. For more than 20 years she has incorporated contemporary medicine approaches in her practice of medicine. She has authored numerous articles on medicine and has lectured nationally and internationally on rehabilitation and multicultural health issues.
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