Friday, March 20, 2009

SEIU/Change that Works Event on March 23rd in Des Moines

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SEIU / Change that Works to hold health care event prior to the Des Moines White House Health Care Summit on March 23rd

On Monday, March 23, 2009 the Obama White House and Iowa's elected officials will lead one of only five national forums to discuss how this Congress and this President can provide quality, affordable coverage to every man, woman, and child in the country.

This will undoubtedly be the most important health care event of the year in Iowa and Change that Works will help drive the discussion. At 8:45 AM, on the second floor of the Polk County Convention Complex in room J, just down the hall from the summit itself, Change that Works will hold an event calling on Iowa’s elected officials to pass a meaningful, comprehensive health care reform bill this year

The event will highlight the urgent need to pass President Obama’s budget proposal, which Congress is set to debate over the next several weeks. The proposal will secure the funding we need to fix a health care system that has bankrupted one American every 30 seconds and created financial uncertainty for thousands more.

Speakers at the event will include: Cathy Glasson, RN, President of SEIU Local 199; Chris Petersen, President of the Iowa Farmers’ Union, and an Iowa member of the AARP. These speakers will discuss how the President’s budget proposal, and the funds allocated to health care reform, will help the Iowans they represent.

“This budget will secure much needed change for rural Americans: modernizing the health care infrastructure in rural areas, allocating $330 million to increase the number of doctors, nurses and dentists in places experiencing provider shortages. However, the most critical element of the new budget is the $634 billion investment in fixing our health care system, said Petersen. Adding, “Without this investment, skyrocketing health care costs will continue to erode the economic landscape of rural America.”

Where: Polk County Convention Complex

Second Floor, Room J (follow the signs)

501 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA

When: Monday March 23rd at 8:45 AM

Who: Change that Works / SEIU

Cathy Glasson, RN, President of SEIU Local 199

Chris Petersen, President of the Iowa Farmers’ Union

Iowa member of AARP

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