A group in Harrisburg is holding a "bill reading" and rally right now to show their support for House Resolution 3200, one of the five Congressional bills aimed at changing the healthcare system in the United States. The bill aims to provide healthcare coverage for all Americans while reducing costs. It is a debate that has gained national attention for months.

The rally is lead by the Pennsylvania Heath Access Network. Members began reading the 1,018 page House Resolution at 5 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg. They believe it will take them until about 9:30 p.m. to get through the bill. Sprinkled in to the 16 and a half hour reading will be a rally at noon and a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. The group hopes to raise awareness about the topic. They also hope to be able to answer questions about the bill and how it could change the healthcare system.

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network supports the House Resolution which includes a public option for insurance.

HR 3200 is just one of five bills snaking their way through the political process in Washington, D.C. Just yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee approved a version of healthcare reform. Senate leaders will now look to combine that bill with a bill passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Leaders say, they hope they can accomplish that and bring it before the full Senate for debate in two weeks.

As for the House bills, leaders are right now trying to combine three bills that made it through House Committees, in to one complete bill. The House has been trying to accomplish that for several weeks. HR 3200 is one of those three bills.

Attached is the news release from the Pennsylvania Health Access Network about today's event:

Local Residents and Community Leaders will come together to read out loud in its entirety H.R 3200


Rally and Bill Reading Antoinette Kraus 267-971-1680

Wednesday, October 14, at 12:00 Noon Rally.

5:00am-9:00pm Bill Reading

State Capitol Steps – West (River) Side

Supporters of national healthcare reform will rally on the State Capitol (west side) at noon on Wednesday, October 14. The rally will be part of a daylong reading of healthcare legislation now pending in Congress, beginning at 5:00 am and ending with a candlelight vigil 7:00-9:30pm. Local residents along with heads of local organizations will each take 15 minute sections of the bill and read aloud the pieces until every section is read out loud.

Speakers at the noon rally will include:

· Bill George, President, Pennsylvania AFC-CIO

· The Rev. Susan Minasian, chaplain at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster

· John Meyerson, Director of Legislation, United Food and Commercial Workers 1776

· Local residents with health care horror stories

The rally will conclude around 12:30.

The noon event is part of a day-long "Reading of the Bill" on the State Capitol steps. Also available will be educational materials related to the healthcare debate.

Beginning at 5:00 am, local residents – patients, healthcare providers, teachers, students -- will read the healthcare reform bill (HR 3200) that has passed three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and now awaits action by the full membership of the House. The reading will continue throughout the day until the full text of the bill has been read. The event is expected to conclude about 9:30pm.

This reading of HR 3200 is part of the broader effort to inform and engage the public in support of healthcare reform.

As broadly reported by the media, the health insurance industry and other special interests are fighting to defeat reform.

To win this historic opportunity to create a healthcare system America is proud of, we the people must become informed and make our voices heard.

This event is supported by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, the Service Employees International Union – PA State Council, and Health Care for America Now