MoveOn members will gather in Independence to tell Republican Legislators to Expand Medicaid

MEDIA ADVISORY For immediate release March 28, 2014 CONTACT: Winston Apple

[INDEPENDENCE, MO] - On Saturday, March 29th, MoveOn members and other concerned residents will be gathering in Independence to demand that Republican legislators in the General Assembly agree to accept federal Medicaid funding. This event is part of a national day of action in support of Medicaid expansion and affordable health care access. Seventy-five events have been planned nationwide.

This event, “A Single Step,” was originally envisioned as small rally with short speeches by event host Winston Apple (who filed last Monday to run in the Democratic primary for a seat in the Missouri House representing District 29) and State Senator Paul LeVota (D) and the world’s shortest march - “A Single Step” forward on this important issues. The speeches and “march” will take place between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Over the past few days “A Single Step” has undergone a stunning metamorphosis. Between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until ??? a free concert will take up the greatest portion of the event.

Winston is a singer-songwriter himself and asked a few of his friends in the KC music community to come to the rally and sing a few songs. The response has been over-whelming. As of this morning the list of performers include: Emily Tummons, Allen Blasco, Dan Smith, Gary Paredes, John Keck, Scott Hrabko, Tommy Donoho, Mikil Shapiro, Chad Brothers, Lowell Premer, Dino O’Dell, and David George. Anyone familiar with the Kansas City music scene will tell you this is an awe-inspiring roster of talent.

These skilled performers have signed on because they know how urgent it is that we provide health care for all.

As many as five million Americans are currently being denied access to affordable health care because Republicans in nearly two dozen states have refused to expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid would be a huge bargain for [Insert your state]; 100% of the costs would be borne by the federal government through 2016, and 90% thereafter, and [Insert number of residents using Table 2 from this guide] residents would benefit, according to an estimate from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

WHAT: MoveOn Members will be gathering for a free concert, rally, and “march.”
WHERE: Sycamore Hill Park , three blocks north of 39th and Haden in Independence, MO WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 2:00 pm MORE INFO: Winston Apple (816) 373-0589 winston.apple@gmail.com

To find out about other “Health Care for All” events across the country, visit: http://civic.moveon.org/event/healthcareall/

To learn more about MoveOn.org’s national campaign for Medicaid expansion visit: www.MoveOn.org/MedicaidExpansion

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