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ALL THREE PHILADELPHIA CONGRESSMEN SUPPORT CANADIAN-STYLE HEALTH BILL, ANNOUNCE THEY ARE CO-SPONSORS OF HR 1300

 ALL THREE PHILADELPHIA CONGRESSMEN SUPPORT CANADIAN-STYLE
 HEALTH BILL, ANNOUNCE THEY ARE CO-SPONSORS OF HR 1300
 U.S. Reps. Tom Foglietta, Robert Borski and Lucien Blackwell (all D-Pa.) will hold a press conference Monday, April 6, to announce they have co-sponsored HR 1300, the Universal Health Care Act, which will provide health care for all Americans.
 The conference is at Old City Hall in the Independence Mall complex, 5th and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m.
 Philadelphia is now the first major city in the nation whose entire congressional delegation has agreed on one national health care plan.
 Also attending the press conference will be representatives of organizations and coalitions that have campaigned for universal health insurance. One of those attending will be AFSCME International President Gerald McEntee.
 "In meetings and surveys, my constituents have spoken loud and clear," commented Borski (3rd District). "They want a simple system that covers every medical need, from birth to death, and saves money and paperwork over our current mess. I'm proud to become a co-sponsor of HR 1300. It is the only national health insurance bill that will provide full long-term care coverage for our senior citizens."
 "We are announcing our support for this legislation at Independence Mall because we believe health care is a right of all Americans," added Foglietta (1st District).
 Blackwell (2nd District) added, "HR 1300 will join low-income, middle-class and wealthy citizens in one program. We won't have to fight year after year for health care for the poor, or coverage for people who are out of work. Our businesses will be able to get back to providing goods and services we need -- not being health care experts. This is a bill for all Americans."
 "The first and foremost goal is health care for all Philadelphians, for all Americans," noted Foglietta. "That goal would be met by the Universal Health Care Act. The baby-step changes recommended by the president will not do the job. We need fundamental change in how we deliver health care to all Americans."
 HR 1300 currently has 69 co-sponsors in Congress, the largest number of Congress members on a national health insurance bill in recent history. A companion bill, S 2320 in the Senate, has three co-sponsors. More than 20 national consumer, health care, retiree and labor organizations are supporters.
 McEntee pointed out, "Universal health care would save Pennsylvania state and local governments $1.7 billion in the first year. That would include at least $50 million in savings for the city of Philadelphia in reduced worker and retiree health benefits, plus new income for city health centers from patients who could now pay for their care. This plan works -- for our businesses, workers, the unemployed and senior citizens. AFSCME strongly supports the bill, and we are proud to be here with the Philadelphia congressional delegation."
 Citizen Action and the Health Care for All Coalition/Philadelphia Jobs with Justice are co-sponsoring the press conference. Citizen Action is Pennsylvania's largest consumer organization, with 100,000 members. Health Care for All is the local affiliate of a grass-roots labor-community coalition, Jobs with Justice. Both organizations are campaigning for national health insurance.
 CONTACT: Jeff Blum of Citizen Action, 215-246-0063, or Karen Peck of Rep. Robert Borski's office, 215-335-3355, or Tony Green of Rep. Tom Foglietta's office, 215-925-6840, or Tommie St. Hill of Rep. Lucien Blackwell's office, 215-387-2543.
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