Press of Atlantic City

Healthcare Advocates Kick Off Multi-City Campaign For Accessible Care

Press of Atlantic City — Tuesday, July 8, 2008

By DEREK HARPER
Statehouse Bureau

2:15 p.m. Update — TRENTON — Healthcare advocates in 52 cities kicked off a $40 million national campaign Tuesday that sought to push for more affordable, easier-accessed healthcare.

In Trenton, New Jersey Citizen Action called for a choice of public or private care that leaves no one out.

Speakers at the statehouse said the current system is costly and yet leaves many people out. Jodi Godfrey, a self-employed medical writer and healthcare committee chair of the progressive BlueWave NJ group, recounted being dropped from coverage because her payment was one day late.

Seeking out private coverage, she said her insurer refused to pay for blood tests. She said, "They told me my blood was a preexisting condition."

While both presumptive presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain have suggested different strategies, organizer Ev Liebman said the group did not formally endorse either.

The press conference came the day Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed the state's FamilyCare expansion into law.

Liebman said the group applauded the bill, which provides additional health care for all children and some lower-income parents at the cost of up to $46.3 million by 2011, but said the timing of the two events was coincidental.

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