Rutgers Students, NJ Health Care Advocates Hold Rally For Health Care Reform

NEW BRUNSWICK– On Thursday, the NJ Health Care For America Now (HCAN) Campaign, NJ Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of NJ, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, Radigals, RU-Choice, RU-NAACP, the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), and students from across the Rutgers University-New Brunswick came together to rally and generate student support for health care reform.

“We want to make sure members of Congress come away with a very clear message – we want health insurance reform now,” said James Woodson, Central Jersey Organizer for New Jersey Citizen Action.  “This ‘Let’s Get It Done’ rally – organized for and by Rutgers University students and New Jersey health care advocates – will set the tone for the weeks ahead. Congress must achieve that long overdue guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all. Now is our time.”


The rally, held at Brower Commons, in the heart of the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus included speakers from both student and grassroots organizations.

“At the beginning of August, the press paid a lot of attention to an angry minority of people screaming and yelling at members of Congress. That diversion has passed,” said Catherine Stanford, staff representative for Rutgers American Association of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers. “It’s time to remind our elected officials that the true majority of their constituents don’t just want but need comprehensive reform that lowers cost, stops insurance company abuses, and gives everyone the choice between private insurance and a new public health insurance option. Our message to Congress is clear. Get back to work and get it done.”

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