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New Health Care Campaign

The following update is from "Women Strike for Peace" Legislative Alert, Feb./Mar. 1998. 110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 102, Washington DC 20002.

Citing the words of Chicago's late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin: "Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for society to ensure every person that right," Illinois physicians and the public have joined forces for adoption of a "Bernardin Amendment to the state Constitution, a plan for universal health care coverage" for every person in Illinois.

Similar "Bernardin Amendment" campaigns are being launched in Maryland and Massachusetts under joint sponsorship of professional and community-based organizations, with other states sure to follow.

New impetus for the campaign nationally came from "A Call to Action" in the December 1997 Journal of the American Medical Association. Endorsed by several thousand physicians, the "Call" declares: "Pursuit of corporate profit and personal fortune have no place in care giving. Health care must be the right of all."

Dr. Quentin Young, a leader of Physicians for a National Health Program and initiator of the "Bernardin Amendment" campaign, reminds us, "Canada's national program was begun with adoption in the provinces; the U. S. congress will have to pay attention as statewide campaigns educate and activate their constituents."

"Women Strike for Peace" suggest helping to promote a "Bernardin Amendment" campaign in our area.