Local groups support Health Care for America Now campaign

Local union and activist groups met on April 2 to launch the Massachusetts chapter of the national Health Care for America Now (HCAN) campaign,  The Bay State Banner reports

A national effort to win support for Obama’s vision of health reform, the group includes some heavy hitting acronyms including the AFL-CIO, NAACP, US PIRG and Moveon.org,

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 850 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.

We are building a national movement to win comprehensive health care reform by helping mobilize people in their communities to lobby their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups to achieve quality, affordable health care in 2009.  

U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano, D-Mass, was at the meeting. He told the Banner he is supportive, but said it won’t be easy.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work,” said Capuano, whose congressional district includes most of Boston, as well as Cambridge, Chelsea and Somerville. “It appears it will be a tough fight in this economy.”

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