The Young Democrats of Harford County invite you to a Pro Health Insurance Reform Vigil on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Harford County Courthouse in Bel Air.
Russ Kovach, President of the YDHC, offered the following description of the event:
The Young Democrats of Harford County is organizing a pro-health care vigil on Tuesday evening, September 8th as congress returns to D.C. This vigil is not intended to emulate the tactics and antics of the ‘tea-party’ type protests; rather I hope to get a crowd of those that support the initiative to have a quiet demonstration that there is a pro-reform majority out there, and that we can get our point across without disrupting meetings and denigrating public officials.
Kovach told The Dagger in a phone interview that the idea is to support the general process, rather than a specific piece of legislation. He expanded on his comments later in the following email:
This vigil is not an attempt to promote any one of the plans currently in committee specifically, rather we are demonstrating our support of the Health Insurance reform process. We recognize that our health insurance system as it stands now is broken, and reform is a must for millions upon millions of Americans. We support insurance reforms that will provide increases in access to meaningful healthcare, a position that I cannot imagine anybody being against. Sadly, the lack of meaningful discussion over the past several months has left more misinformation in the public than can be summarized in a short email, and many are fearful that rather then pass functional useful reforms, no bill whatsoever will be passed. We hope that demonstrations like ours will show that insurance reform is a must, that our current system is broken, and that there are in fact many people that support initiatives such as a public insurance option, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and access to healthcare for people that can not afford meaningful private insurance is necessary.
Here’s the official notice from the Young Democrats of Harford County:
Pro Health Insurance Reform VIGIL
Now is the time… come support meaningful and functional health insurance reform by attending this peaceful vigil on the steps of the Harford County Courthouse.
Host: The Young Democrats of Harford County
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Harford County Courthouse
Street: 20 West Courtland Street
City/Town: Bel Air, MD