Activists Take Fight For Free Healthcare To Streets In Washington DC
Citizens Converge at Capitol to Call for Medicare for All
Washington, DC – On Monday, April 9th, advocates for National Improved Medicare for All will march from the insurance industry lobby group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Advocates will gather at the US Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, and march to the AHIP offices at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
The march will continue down Pennsylvania Ave. toward the Capitol stopping at the Canadian Embassy and then turning right on 3rd St., NW and ending to the Department of Health and Human Services at 3rd and Independence where advocates will rally for National Improved Medicare for All.
Health Over Profit for Everyone organized the event. The organization supports HR 676, which has a record 122 co-sponsors — more than half of all Democrats in the US House of Representatives. The Senate bill, S1804, has 17 co-sponsors, including Sen. Bernie Sanders the lead sponsor.
The march will feature people telling their personal stories explaining why they support National Improved Medicare for All. Visuals will include a massive ball and chain symbolizing the burden of current health care in the United States which includes high premiums as well as co-payments and high deductibles and narrow healthcare networks which are all barriers to care. At the same time Medicaid, which provides healthcare to 74 million people, is being cut, burdening low-income people with healthcare costs. 
Large banners will highlight the need for Medicare for All, that Healthcare is a Human Right and call for Health Justice. Organizers will distribute health security cards to demonstrate how single payer would provide lifelong healthcare including dental, optical and access to all health providers without premiums or co-pays. 
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