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    CITY AND COMMUNITY LEADERS UNITE FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

    (5/2/2007) Press Conference Held to Create Awareness in Preparation for Saturday’s Rally at the State Capitol

    NEW HAVEN- City leaders and community organizers held a press conference today in the Dixwell neighborhood in preparation for Saturday’s state-wide rally for universal healthcare in Hartford. Nearly 200 organizations and institutions have endorsed the upcoming “Stand Up for Health Care,” rally. The City of New Haven signed on to support the event by providing three buses to transport residents to the state capitol. Buses will be leaving from various locations throughout the city.

    “There is nothing more powerful we can do to create jobs, to secure the well being of our most vulnerable families, and to save taxpayers money than to accomplish universal health care in Connecticut,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. who has long been a champion for Universal Health Care. “We need to help small businesses better afford the costs of health care for their employees while also putting an emphasis on prevention and wellness.”

    Board of Aldermen President Carl Goldfield spoke on behalf of the Mayor at today’s press conference challenging business and community leaders as well as all residents in New Haven to join in efforts to support universal health care for all. “We are ready for this,” said Goldfield. “If we all come together for universal health care as individuals, employers, medical providers and elected officials, we can achieve quality health care coverage for all.”

    Research shows that the most chronic and ultimately expensive illnesses to treat, such as heart disease and diabetes, could be avoided or mitigated through proper preventive medical care and health maintenance. The Mayor and the City of New Haven continue to actively support legislation and efforts that make quality, affordable health care available to all residents.

    "In New Haven as well as throughout state, we're seeing people from all walks of life - doctors, small business owners, rank and file union workers, faith-based leaders, local elected officials, to name but a few - calling for the legislature and governor to roll up their sleeves, put aside politics, and establish quality, affordable health care for everyone,” said Paul Wessel, Campaign Organizer for the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. “The people are speaking."

    Individuals interested in riding one of the city’s buses to the rally on Saturday should call 203-777-6072. Details about Saturday’s rally in Hartford can be found at: www.healthcare4every1.org.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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