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News :: Labor
June 19 'Bridge Walk' calls for political solution to health care crisis
18 Jun 2004
Artists and entertainers will liven up a June 19 'Bridge Walk' calling for quality, affordable health care for all.
BOSTON – In response to mounting frustration over a failing health insurance system and the need for fundamental reform in how Americans pay for and receive health care, nearly a thousand people are expected to gather in Cambridge's Kendall Sq. on Saturday, June 19 at 11:00 AM to march over the Longfellow Bridge for a short rally on the Boston Common.

The 'Bridge Walk' is one of nearly 150 events in almost every state involving tens of thousands of people who will be marching across bridges nationwide as part of day of action calling for quality, affordable health care for all (for info visit

Comedian Jimmy Tingle will headline and emcee the rally featuring some top Boston entertainers and brief statements by people who have suffered under the current broken plan. Entertainers include New England folk singer Ellis Paul; Boston's premiere hip-hop group, The Foundation; and the Brazilian samba band, Nina Torres.

As costs continue to skyrocket, employers are shifting more of the burden to workers or abandoning health care coverage entirely. The trend is leaving record numbers of Americans uninsured – and many more underinsured.

“Covering everyone under a universal plan is the only way to contain out-of-control costs and affordably 'bridge the gap' between those who have health insurance and those who don't," said Paul Cannon, co-chair of Jobs with Justice's Health Care Action Committee, which has been promoting comprehensive reform. "The savings from eliminating insurance industry waste and red tape will keep it affordable and improve the quality of care.” Cannon is President of Teamsters Local 122 in South Boston.

The 'Bridge Walk' action – initiated by Mass. Jobs with Justice – is co-sponsored by more than 80 Massachusetts labor and grassroots community organizations. A list of co-sponsors is on In addition to Jobs with Justice, other national sponsors include the Service Employees International Union, its Americans for Health Care project and Rock the Vote.

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