NC HEALTH REPORT: Health Care Rally in Raleigh Thursday -- Support Rep. Etheridge

March 10, 2010
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker

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Adam Linker on NC Blue's latest round of executive pay enrichment.

HEALTH REFORM RALLY - SUPPORT CONGRESSMAN ETHERIDGE AND COUNTER THE OPPOSITION

A coalition of groups fighting for quality, affordable health care in North Carolina will hold a pro-reform rally in front of Congressman Bob Etheridge's office on Thursday, March 11.

Etheridge is a strong supporter of health reform. However, the well-funded opponents of health reform have called for an anti-health care rally in front of Congressman Bob Etheridge's office beginning at 11 a.m.

Pro-health care groups, including the NC Justice Center, are organizing an 11th hour counter-rally, sending a message to legislative allies of health care in North Carolina and around the country.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Meeting at the corner of Fayetteville St & East Davie St (Raleigh, NC) 300 Fayetteville St Raleigh, NC 27601

SIGN OUR PETITIONS TARGETING NC DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED AGAINST HEALTH REFORM

We've created three petitions targeted at Representatives Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler, and Mike McIntyre. They voted against health reform in the House and need to hear how wrong their votes were. Just click on the link below - we've made it easy:

http://www.change.org/ncjustice/actions

NEW REPORT: HOW HEALTH REFORM WILL HELP NORTH CAROLINIANS

Want to know exactly how national health reform will help North Carolinians? Justice Center national partner Families USA has put together a great report on the gaps in NC's health system - like discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions - and pairs that with exactly how national reform will address those problems. See: Health Coverage in North Carolina: How Will Health Reform Help?

SIGN THE NATIONAL "HEALTH CARE REFORM CAN'T WAIT" PETITION - AND PASS IT ON!

Several of our national partners and friends - Community Catalyst, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Families USA, and others are sponsoring an online petition to send everyone in Congress a very simple message: "Move forward and pass health care reform. It's time to act."

The sign on deadline is tentatively set for March 16. Please sign the petition: http://www.healthcarepetition.org/10707_communitycatalyst

NEXT NC HEALTH ACCESS COALITION MEETING WILL BE IN ASHEVILLE: Mark your calendars for Thurs. April 29th, 6-8pm -- Specific location TBA

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