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Childrens Defense Fund

Children’s Defense Fund Action Council Joins Steering Committee of Health Care for America Now

CDFAC to work with coalition to guarantee quality, affordable health care for all in 2009

WASHINGTON - The Children's Defense Fund Action Council has recently joined the
steering committee of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a national
grassroots campaign made up of millions of individuals and more than
530 organizations committed to winning a guarantee of quality,
affordable health care for all in 2009.

"The Children's Defense Fund Action Council is pleased to be
a part of Health Care for America Now and we look forward to working
with partners to ensure that children, as well as adults, are a part of
the health care reform our country needs,"
said CDFAC President Marian Wright Edelman. "CDFAC
will work to ensure that, in the national health care reform
discussions now taking place, reforms benefit all children; in
particular, the nine million uninsured children and the millions of
children who are underinsured."

The Children's Defense Fund Action Council (CDFAC) is a non-profit
child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than
three decades to ensure a level playing field for all children.  We
champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty;
protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health
care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

You can learn more about the Children's Defense Fund Action Council at

HCAN's steering committee includes ACORN, AFSCME, Americans United
for Change, Campaign for America's Future, Campaign for Community
Change, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Children's Defense
Fund Action Council, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights,,
National Council of La Raza, National Education Association, National
Women's Law Center, SEIU, United Food and Commercial Workers, and US
Action. HCAN's Statement of Common Purpose includes 10 principles the
campaign believes will lay the foundation for effective, comprehensive
health care reform in 2009.    To learn more about Health Care for America Now please visit


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