(HARTFORD - February 16, 2010) – Despite the lingering snow and a late afternoon cold setting in, dozens of health care advocates arrived at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford today, vowing to continue on in the fight for health care for all. Tom Swan of Connecticut Citizens Action Group (CCAG) addressed the gathering, recalling the difficult path of health care reform legislation to date. He suggested that the next several weeks would be critical to passing legislation that transformed health care in the United States, while the outcome of the health care battle would have a significant political impact on job creation, global warming and other major issues of concern.
With flags and signs in hand, the group proceeded to march two blocks down Church Street. By 5:45 PM, the crowd of roughly fifty people – some carrying pitchforks and others with blazing torches – were rallying in front of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association's building, home to much of Connecticut's corporate resistance to meaningful health care reform. The CBIA protest included a skit in which Mr. Fat Cat, a wealthy insurance company defender, was chased away by protesters angry at the growing numbers of uninsured, denial of health care, and rapidly escalating premiums.
The march and rally were sponsored by CCAG and Health Care for America Now (HCAN). There are plans for more actions in the coming weeks.
ONE MILLION CALLS FOR MEANINGFUL HEALTH CARE REFORM
Mark you calendars. On Wednesday, Feburary 24 join the Virtual March for Real Health Care Reform. MoveOn, labor and community organizations are sponsoring the virtual march and asking all to call their senators. There will the one million calls and hundreds of people will be in Washington to lobby for meaningful health care reform now!
Be sure to call your senators on the day of the march:
Senator Dodd -- (202) 224-2823
Senator Lieberman -- (202) 224-4041
To reach our goal of sending one million messages to Congress, we need your help. Can you invite your friends to join in? Many Thanks!