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Local health care vigil planned at Towata Park

Submitted by on 1, September 1, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

public_option_vigil_243A group calling itself Bayview Drive Neighbors for Health Care Reform is hosting a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday at Towata Park, which is at Otis Drive and Peach Street (on the Main Island side of the Bay Farm Bridge).

The vigil is one of hundreds being held around the country (and several in the Bay Area) in an effort to spur Congress to pass a health care reform bill – and one that contains a “public option” health care plan. The vigils are being put together by members of MoveOn.org and sponsored by groups including the Service Employees International Union, Health Care for America Now! and Doctors for America.

As of Monday night, 72 people had signed up to attend the vigil, which will feature stories from people who, organizers said, have suffered under the current health care system.

From the MoveOn site:

We’re organizing “We can’t afford to wait” vigils nationwide just days before members of Congress return to Washington, to make sure they know that an overwhelming majority of voters are counting on them to act quickly to pass health care reform.

Our vigils will put a human face on the urgent need for bold health care reform with a real public health insurance option. We’ll deliver an unmistakable message to the media and members of Congress: We can’t afford to wait: Public Option NOW!

If you’re interested in attending or want more information, you can check in with the event’s organizer, Leslie W., right here.

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