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SEIU Member Will Be in Town Hall Audience, Ready to Ask John McCain Why He Won't Provide Affordable Healthcare for All
Date:10/7/2008

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the presidential candidates come on stage tonight for the second presidential debate, Jean Berg, a nursing assistant and member of SEIU Healthcare Florida, will be in the audience, waiting to ask John McCain why he wants to tax healthcare benefits and make it harder for families to afford coverage.

Berg has been a nursing assistant for nearly 28 years and has never had healthcare.

"It's the single biggest economic factor in my life," says Berg. "I can't afford the coverage I need and if I get sick I'm afraid I'll lose everything."

"I never voted before because I never thought it mattered," added Berg. "But John McCain seems to want to make it harder for people like me to get health care. He wants to take us backwards and I can't afford another president who puts me on the bottom of their priority list."

Berg is one of more than 1,000 SEIU members across the country taking time off to elect Barack Obama and a Congress that will make healthcare a priority. And another 100,000 SEIU members are joining her on evenings and weekends to win on Election Day.

SEIU members are stepping up their efforts to educate voters on the difference between the Obama and McCain healthcare plans. Recently, SEIU members:

Released a new ad in key battleground states (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4_M2bvQrY8);

Mailed DVDs to more than 250,000 households;

Helped host dozens of press conferences in battleground states;

Promoted a new state-by-state analysis of McCain's proposal with the Center for American Progress; and

Distributed a new side-by-side to voters across the country.

With 2 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is the largest health care union, in
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