South Bend group to join millions in march for Medicare

NOW: South Bend group to join millions in march for Medicare


SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A group of South Bend residents hit streets Monday evening to send a message back to Congress in Washington, D.C. – medicare for all.

The “Millions Marching For Medicare 4 All” group met on Michigan St. at Jon R. Hunt Plaza right in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. This march was just one of many across the country.

Kathy Liggett, an event organizer, said they are marching to demand everyone access to quality care regardless of income.

This all coming before the health care vote that’ll take place during this last week in the current congressional session. The proposed health care bill would do the following:

  1. End penalties that former President Obama’s health care law put on people without insurance and also larger companies not offering coverage to workers,
  2. Erase requirements that insures coverage for specified medical services,
  3. Shrink subsidies for many consumers,
  4. Cut the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.

Now congress is likely to leave for it’s august recess. ABC News is reporting the heath care bill is unlikely to pass before then.

But Liggett said right now is the perfect time to schedule a march like this.

“I think it’s very important for people to start exploring when we talk about a national health care system or Medicare for all,” said Liggett. “People are confused they don’t know what that really means to them.”

Liggett said that it’s important for people to hear personal stories and that if they can keep an open mind, they will take the issue to heart and action.

The Facebook event page says about 50 people will be a part of tonight’s demonstration, but organizers are hoping more folks will hear about it and come join them.

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