Health Advocates Head to Capital

New Jersey health reform advocates plan a Medicare anniversary bus ride to Washington DC to express disapproval of legislation that would fail to solve our health care crisis.

July 30th is Medicare’s 44th Birthday and progressive advocates want Congress to want expand Medicare to cover everyone.

They say current plans comining out of Congress won’t help millions of the uninsured, won’t give Americans any real choice of doctors, won’t control costs, won’t provide relief to fiscally strapped local governments or employers, and it won’t end discrimination based on age and income.

The day will include visits to congressional offices and a 1:00 p.m. rally at Upper Senate Park featuring speakers Dr. David Scheiner, President Obama’s personal physician; Sidney Wolfe, MD, president of Public Citizen; and Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.

Also addressing the rally will be Donna Smith, a South Dakota woman bankrupted by her treatment for cancer and her husband’s heart problems who was featured in Michael Moore’s film ‘Sicko.’

“We want Medicare expanded and improved to cover everyone,” says one organizer, who said buses will depart from two locations at a cost of just $20 per seat.

One will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the Labor Education Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

A second bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the northwest corner of Cherry Hill Mall, near JC Penney’s.

To reserve seats on the buses, contact Deepak Kumar by e-mail at or call him at 856-630-8774.

“Health Care should be a right for all people, not a privilege for those who can afford it,” declared Ray Stever, chairman of, the group organizing the Capital Hill bus rides.

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