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Local grassroots organizations are kicking off a week of action today to gain support and create political will for Medicare for All legislation that is expected to be introduced by United States Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) in the coming weeks. The NJ “Barnstorm” began today in Long Branch and events will continue over week in Montclair, New Brunswick, Cherry Hill and Bridgewater.
The Long Branch kick-off was organized by Our Revolution Monmouth. Anna-Marta Visky of Our Revolution shared that “Forty percent of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency expense, and yet we pay thousands in premiums and deductibles to the for-profit insurance industry with nothing more than a ‘promise’ of care, and ultimately enrich their executives and shareholders who take home sky-high pay.”
Kate Triggiano, Red Bank Councilwoman, shared strategies for organizing and canvassing with the attendees. She told the crowd “I have never believed in Medicare for All more than now”, encouraging them to join the movement to support Medicare for All.
According to organizers, the goal of the “Barnstorm” events this week is to demonstrate grassroots support to encourage the New Jersey Congressional delegation to sign onto the House Medicare for All 2019 legislation.