Grassroots Activists Hold ‘Sidewalk Health Summit,’ Call for Medicare for All

For Immediate Release

National Single-Payer Alliance
Contact: 

Katie Robbins, 330-618-6379,
Donna Smith, 202-974-8299,
or Margaret Flowers, 410-591-0892

Grassroots Activists Hold ‘Sidewalk Health Summit,’ Call for Medicare for All

WASHINGTON - The 20-million member strong grassroots
alliance, the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, supporting
improved Medicare for all will hold its own summit on health reform outside the
White House on Thursday, February 25.  While politicians inside Blair
House will be attempting to reach some bipartisan agreement to pass legislation
that aims to make marginal improvement in health insurance markets,
activists outside the formal venue will be answering President
Obama’s call from his State of the Union address:

“But
if anyone…has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring
down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and
stop insurance company abuses, let me know.”

There is a better answer. The
people’s summit will feature diverse speakers representing doctors,
nurses, patients, labor, faith-based groups, and community political advocacy
groups who continue to press the President and Congress to act responsibly and
ethically to address the nation’s healthcare crisis by extending an
improved Medicare for all model. 

When:  9 – 10 a.m., Thursday, February 25; participants
gather at 9 a.m. and summit begins at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Sidewalk in front of the White House on Pennsylvania
Ave, Washington, D.C.

In other communities across the
nation, other Medicare for all advocates will gather in solidarity summits and
actions, including San Francisco, Cedar Falls, IA, Louisville, KY, New York
City, Georgia and Colorado (a complete listing is available at http://www.healthcare-now.org/sidewalk/)

This action is not in support
of the current reform bills – House, Senate or the plan offered up for
consideration during the President’s Blair House summit.  LCGHC
members do not support the current legislation with or without a public option
– robust or not.

Of note: Tea Party
activists have signaled that they may also send a contingent to Washington to
agitate for the status quo of the US healthcare crisis outside the Blair House
as President Obama seeks bipartisan political support for his health reform
bill. 

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