[Imc-chicago] CBHC Urges Health Care Advocates to "Leave Your Empty Shoes Behind"
Jim Duffett, Campaign for Better Health Care
kduffy at cbhconline.org
Sat Feb 13 06:09:03 PST 2010
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Jim Duffett, Executive Director
217.352.5600 (office) 217.840.5850 (cell)
Kathleen Duffy, Communications Organizer
312.913.9449 (office) 773.934.4754 (cell)
Campaign for Better Health Care Urges Health Care Reform Supporters to "Leave Your Empty Shoes Behind" During Congressional Recess
WHO: Members of the Campaign for Better Health Care across Illinois
WHAT: People will visit their congressperson's office and drop off an old pair of shoes with a note inside to represent the Illinoisans who have died for lack of health care, and the 50,000 people who will die this year because they are uninsured.
WHEN: Shoe drop off at district Congressional offices starts Feb. 12. As part of the campaign, on Tuesday, February 16, the Campaign for Better Health Care's Faith Caucus will conduct "die-ins" in Chicago and Springfield, to introduce a Families USA report examining the number of deaths in Illinois between 1995 - 2009 due to a lack of health care, and projections on the deaths expected between 2010 - 2019 if Congress does not pass reform.
WHERE: Congressional District offices throughout the state of Illinois
WHY: Members of Congress need to know that their delay in passing comprehensive health care reform is impacting the lives of real Americans. It is time they listened to hardworking Americans and not the insurance companies that are more interested in their profits than our health. A Washington Post/ABC poll of February 10 shows that 63% of Americanswant Congress to keep moving ahead with health care reform, to GET IT DONE and to get it done right!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.cbhconline.org/getitdone.html
CAMPAIGN VIDEO BACKGROUNDERS:
Midge Hough: Midge Hough, CBHC member, in front of Rep. Dan Lipinski's office. Midge is holding a pair of shoes for her 24 year old daughter in law Jenny and a pair of shoes for her unborn grandchild, both of whom died last year because Jenny was uninsured. Watch Midge's video. ( http://e2ma.net/go/8000404123/2571876/91459093/3144/goto:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9WLUVZxwsk )
Will Wilson: CBHC member Will Wilson shares his health care story at the office of his Representative, Mike Quigley. "Nobody will be able fill my shoes for my family & friends if I die for lack of health care," said Will. Watch Will's video. ( http://e2ma.net/go/8000404123/2571876/91459094/3144/goto:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeLJZtt9tQU )
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About the Campaign for Better Health Care
We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people. The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state's largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all. For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org ( http://e2ma.net/go/8000404123/2571876/91459095/3144/goto:http://WWW.CBHCONLINE.ORG ).
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