For Immediate Release: Contact: Leo Torrey, 856.966.3091, x. 205
Thursday, April 2, 2009 Ev Liebman, 609-234-2741
Saturday, April 4, 2009 – 1:00 pm
A Bridge to Health Care: Rally and March across the Ben Franklin Bridge
Highland Park, NJ – On Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm more than 100 health care reform advocates from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the NJ Health Care for America Now Campaign, NJ Citizen Action and the PA Health Care for America Now Campaign, will hold a Health Care Rally and March, “A Bridge to Health Care”, on the Ben Franklin Bridge to demand national health care reform in 2009. New Jersey advocates will gather near the bridge walkway on the Jersey side at Rutgers University in Camden at the corner of Pearl and N. 5th Streets. Marchers from each state will walk across the bridge and meet in the middle for a brief ceremony.
Americans trying to get and/or keep their health care have to walk an all too narrow bridge. Many never make it to the bridge and have no health care at all. Many have fallen off, losing their health care with their jobs. Many are finding the bridge more slippery and icy as health care costs rise four times the rate of wages. And the insurance companies are constantly shaking the ropes, making it more difficult for all of us all the time.
“Fixing our broken health care system is not a one person or one State’s problem. We are calling on our Congressional delegations to work with President Obama to implement major health reform this year, “said Ev Liebman, New Jersey Citizen Action’s Director of Organizing and Advocacy. “This rally and walk over the bridge symbolizes our demand to address our country’s health care crisis now and to find an American solution,” she added.