COUNCILWOMAN HELEN GYM RESPONDS TO MOTION TO PROCEED ON THE BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT

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Philadelphia – July  25, 2017 – Councilwoman Helen Gym (At Large) issued the following statement in response to today’s vote in the United State Senate:

“I am appalled by the Senate’s passage of a motion to proceed for the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Senators voted on this bill without even knowing its contents. This secretive and unprecedented process demonstrated that many senators are unaccountable to their constituents’ needs, and this will not be forgotten.

“I applaud the persistent efforts of people in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania, and activists around the country. We have demonstrated tremendous bravery and resolve. Millions of people have raised their voices and put their bodies on the line again and again, and their statement is clear: healthcare is a human right, and we will not stop until every person has access to healthcare. The fight is not over.

“Tonight, I’m hosting the first of three #ResistanceSummer events to keep the pressure on to demand healthcare for all. Concerned Philadelphians will gather together tonight at Malcolm X Park in West Philly at 6:00 pm. We will take collective action to keep resisting federal policies that generate profits for billionaires instead of providing healthcare to working families.

“The next two #ResistanceSummer events will be held August 7 at Vernon Park and August 9 at Columbus Square Park.”

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Councilwoman Helen Gym was sworn in as an At-Large Member of Council in 2016. Her primary concerns include addressing widespread poverty in Philadelphia, particularly through an emphasis on building a quality public education system. For more information, visit phlcouncil.com/HelenGym.

 

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