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Rally for medical care on anniversary of women’s right to vote


“Medical care for all” is the focus of a public rally set for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Hilo’s Mooheau Park Bandstand.

An ad hoc committee of concerned citizens is asking those who want single-payer, universal healthcare to turn out 5-7 p.m. to sign petitions to be presented to Hawaii’s Congressional delegation before Congress reconvenes in September. 

Printed information on various healthcare bills and options – including Medicare for all — will also be freely available to the public at the rally.

“The Congressional recess in August is the voting public’s time to connect with their representatives outside the pressure-cooker of the Washington D.C. beltway and its lobbyist culture, to let them know how they feel about legislation that is being worked on,” said Frankie Stapleton, chairwoman of the ad hoc committee.

Since watching Congress authorize $1.75 trillion in bailouts of Wall Street, financial institutions, insurance companies and automakers in the past year, many are wondering why Congress only starts worrying about deficit spending when it comes to providing universal healthcare for the American people, Stapleton said.

The ad hoc committee, which includes members of the League of Women Voters and members of Progressive Democrats of Hawaii, is inviting all elected officials, including Mayor Billy Kenoi and the state’s entire Congressional delegation, to the rally.

“We found the public is frustrated at trying to communicate with their legislators on this vital issue, even though several of them face election next year,” Stapleton said, adding that is the rationale behind the public rally and petition drive.

For more information or to get involved in the rally, call 935-0622, 982-9100, 935-7981 or 965-8945.

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