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Speakers enumerated their problems with the current health care system at a protest and vigil held in downtown Modesto on Wednesday.

POSTED September 4, 2009 11:38 p.m.
About 100 area residents gathered in Modesto on Wednesday to rally for health care reform with a public heath insurance option.
Brandishing signs with countless witty slogans, supporters insisted that health care was “not a party issue” while questioning whether U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA18) was in his local office just above the rally at 1010 10th St.
Speakers enumerated their problems with the current health care system, ranging from coverage denial due to preexisting conditions to annual limits on coverage and the lack of affordable health care for students. One speaker recalled her father’s death to skin cancer, which she attributed to an insurance company’s unwillingness to approve chemotherapy.
“Even if you have insurance you’re not safe,” she said. “You think you are, but you’re not.”
The evening also included a memorial to deceased Senator Edward Kennedy, who considered universal health care to be the, “cause of his life.”
The vigil was sponsored by Political Action, Democracy for America, and Health Care for America Now. Other involved groups included Organizing for America, AARP, Doctors for America, Stanislaus/Tuolumne Central Labor Council, Modesto Peace Life Center, Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee and the Central Valley Democratic Club.

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