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Thursday, March 18, 2010

AFSCME Provides First Aid Kit to Protect Public Against Deadly Opposition to Health Care Reform

Cures Any Doubts About Republican Alliance With Insurance CEOs Over the Needs of the American People

Washington, DC — 

With a critical vote expected soon in the U.S. House of Representatives, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) today began distributing hundreds of first aid kits for protection against the deadly virus of opposition to health care reform being spread by the GOP and their allies.

“The American people shouldn’t believe the insurance industry or the Republican party when they try to hide their opposition to meaningful health care reform,” said AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee. “The only people in America who oppose health care reform are the people in the pockets of insurance company CEOs making a fortune off of the American people.”

AFSCME first aid kits should cure any doubts about the alliance between insurance industry CEOs and the GOP. While the American public is demanding affordable health care for all and an end to insurance industry abuses, Republicans have focused on helping the insurance company CEOs.

“It’s time to rein in the abuses and to control skyrocketing costs. It’s time for an up-or-down congressional vote,” said McEntee. “It’s time for Democrats in Congress to prove that it is still possible for our political institutions to stand with the American people in a time of crisis. Soon we’ll know who is standing with the insurance companies and who is standing with patients, families and doctors who demand health care reform.”

AFSCME members are working to pass meaningful health care reform: making tens of thousands of calls, writing letters, and running television ads this week. AFSCME is making sure Congress knows that working families will not let the insurance industry and their front groups dominate the debate as this historic opportunity to end insurance company abuses comes to a vote.

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