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Paul Sobocinski & Megan Buckingham

Background of (LSP) Land Stewardship Project’s Involvement in Health Care and Paul Sobocinski and Megan Buckingham work as organizers with LSP.
Paul Sobocinski is a Livestock and Crop Farmer from Wabasso, Minnesota and has worked with the Policy and Organizing Program of LSP since 1993. Paul is a 1974 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University of Marshall, Minnesota. Paul was a former leader and organizer with Minnesota Groundswell during the farm crisis of 1985 to 1990.

Megan Buckingham has worked as a program organizer with the policy and organizing program of the Land Stewardship Project since 2011. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College of St. Peter, Minnesota.

Paul and Megan led LSP’s grass roots organizing work with allies in the 2013 legislature for passage of Minnesota’s Health Care Exchange legislation (MNSure) that included:

  1. Keeping the corporate HMOs off of Minnesota’s New Exchange Board
  2. Active Purchaser provisions in the exchange which means Minnesota’s Health Exchange Board can keep shoddy plans off the exchange in 2015
  3. Community Based Navigators to help people understand options within the exchange
  4. Continuing and Strengthening Minnesota Care

Land Stewardship Project sees Minnesota New Health Care Exchange (MNSure) has a significant step to moving Minnesota toward a single payers system in which everyone is covered. LSP became involved in Health Care Organizing because one of the biggest single impediments for beginning farmers is the issue of health care. The cost of health care impedes the development of livestock enterprise for beginning farmers also. Too often the farmer’s spouse needs to be engaged in a job off the farm to have health care insurance.

At LSP we believe that we must move to a single payer system of health care in which everyone is in and no one is out. For health care to be affordable we need to be able to be part of one group. Health Care should be affordable and of high quality and everybody covered like is done in so many other countries.
Land Stewardship Project is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities. LSP’s work is concentrated in the following four areas:

  1. Community Based Food and Economic Development
  2. Farm Beginnings
  3. Policy and Organizing
  4. Stewardship Science

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