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Shum Preston, 510-273-2276, or Liz Jacobs RN, 510-273-2232

Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare

July 30th: America's Nurses, Doctors, Seniors Celebrate Medicare's 44th Birthday and Toast the "Uniquely American" Healthcare Solution

Healthcare Advocates Will Present Congressmembers with "Happy Birthday Medicare" Cakes—And a Plea to Improve and Expand the Beloved Program


WHAT: The former personal physician to
President Obama will lead more than one thousand nurses,
doctors, seniors, and healthcare advocates July 30th in marking
the birthday of Medicare, and toasting the success of a
"uniquely American" healthcare solution.  Similar events
are occurring at the district offices of senators and
representatives across the country.

The healthcare advocates will celebrate in Upper Senate Park,
and then fan out across Capitol Hill with birthday cakes to make
the point that we already have a unique American solution to our
healthcare crisis, Medicare, which should be improved and
expanded to all Americans.  That elegant
solution—called the "single-payer model"—is
succeeding around the world and is being sponsored in Congress
by Rep. John Conyers (HR676) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (S703),
with a companion amendment to HR3200 offered by Rep. Dennis
Kucinich, that would allow experimentation with state-based
single-payer systems.

WHO: Sponsored by the Leadership Conference
for Guaranteed Healthcare, including the California Nurses
Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Physicians for
a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and
Healthcare Now.


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WHEN: Thursday, July 30th, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Upper Senate Park, Constitution Ave.
b/w Delaware and New Jersey Aves, Washington, D.C.

WHY: "We know how to provide healthcare in
this country and we know how to fix our healthcare crisis. 
We’re celebrating Medicare's birthday because it is the
unique American solution to our healthcare problems—and
we're going to take the opportunity to remind Congress of this,"
said Geri Jenkins, RN, co-President of the National Nurse
Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association. 
"Unfortunately, the debate in Congress, and much of the delivery
of medicine in this nation, has been hijacked by the health
insurance industry, and its army of lobbyists, who don't care
about patients, and only care about maximizing corporate
profits.  Only a recommitment to Medicare can change



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The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare is committed to solving our healthcare crisis through a single-payer system and is composed of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and Healthcare Now, among many others.

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