Author: HealthyCA

Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable

By Robert Pollin, writing for LA Times. The California Senate recently voted to pass a bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state. The proposal, called the Healthy California Act, will now be taken up by the state Assembly. The plan enjoys widespread support — a recent poll commissioned by the California Nurses Assn. found that 70% of all Californians are in favor of a single-payer plan — and with good reason. Under Healthy California, all residents would be entitled to decent healthcare without having to pay premiums, deductibles or copays. But as critics of...

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Do We Really Need A Middleman In Our Broken Health Care System?

By Paul Y. Song, MD, Contributor, Huffington Post. Nothing illustrates the middleman in our overall fight for health care justice better than this “Schoolhouse Rock!” styled video (above) launched today by Healthy California in support of SB562. Middleman is the first of the Guaranteed Healthcare Rocks! series produced by Healthy California, California Nurses Association, and AFM Musicians 47. It was created by progressive Hollywood musician/lyricist/producer Clifford J. Tasner. As the Republican controlled United States Senate has begun its secret closed-door deliberations to finally repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with generous tax cuts for a privileged...

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Town Hall on the Healthy California Act SB 562 Planned June 22 in Healdsburg

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Healdsburg, Calif. on Thursday, June 22, to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. The forum is titled, “Creating the Future of Healthcare in California,” and will feature presentations by Tamara Hinckley, an RN in the ICU at Sutter Santa Rosa, Dr. Veronica Jordan and RN Terry Winter, members of the Sonoma County-based group, Health Professionals for Equality and Community Empowerment...

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Guaranteed Healthcare Rocks!

Share our new “Schoolhouse Rock!” inspired video exposing insurance “Middleman” TODAY! Today we join with California Nurses Association and Musicians Local 47 to launch our first in a series of “Schoolhouse Rock!” inspired music videos created by a Los Angeles musician, Clifford Tasner, in support of the Healthy California Act- SB 562 which establishes a Medicare-for-all type healthcare system in California. Our retro-themed video titled “Middleman”, exposes the greedy health insurance companies responsible for much of our rising healthcare costs.  The insurance industry has already started a propaganda campaign to confuse and mislead the public about the bill and...

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SB562 would bring health care, not just insurance, to all Californians

By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for San Francisco Chronicle. In contrast to the health care horror show unfolding in Washington, California can establish real health care security for our families, neighbors and communities with the Healthy California Act, SB562. SB562 would guarantee coverage for every Californian. It would end the nightmare for those who pay premiums for “insurance” they can’t use because of the huge deductibles. It would end restrictive insurance networks that limit access to specialists, or slam patients with unexpected medical bills from a doctor’s group even when going to an “approved” network provider. SB562 is the only...

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Healthcare for All in California – public talk by Michael Lighty

Presentation by Michael Lightly, Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United, June 6, 2017. Venue: Congregational Community Church, Sunnyvale, California This is the talk only. The extended question and answer session is available as a separate video at https://youtu.be/FrungnOJ7dM Original event description: Making Healthcare for All a Reality The U.S. is the only advanced country in the world that doesn’t provide healthcare to all. While the ACA is under attack, how can we protect and expand our healthcare access and affordability? The Healthy California Act, Senate Bill 562 has now passed the state senate and if passed by...

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Richard Master and the Conservative Case for Single Payer

By Editor, Corporate Crime Reporter. Richard Master is the CEO of a $200 million a year company – MCS Industries in Easton, Pennsylvania. MCS is  the nation’s leading supplier of wall and poster frames. Master has a problem. He provides health insurance for his 200 employees. Enough said. Last year, he decided to do something about it. He’s organizing to enlist other business leaders to speak out for the need for single payer health care. Last year, he made the case in a documentary movie – Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point. Last month, he released a second...

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The big media lie about single-payer health care

By Tim Redmond, 48 Hills. It won’t cost taxpayers $400 billion. We have to pay that much for health care anyway. Single payer would save us all a lot of money. The headlines were so consistent, so predictably bad, that I almost couldn’t read them. “Single-payer will cost $400 billion.” “Single-payer costs dwarf entire state budget.” Even when the state Senate approved the measure, here’s what the Bay Area News Group had to say: SACRAMENTO — As a legislative deadline loomed, California senators Thursday — in some cases, reluctantly — voted to pass a $400 billion plan to create...

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Big winners in California’s new healthcare plan: Households and small businesses

By Michael Monasky, MultiBriefs. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A study by a distinguished group of university economists, released Wednesday at a Capitol news conference, contradicted recent claims by the California State Department of Finance that unfunded healthcare costs would be greater than the entire state budget, or at least overwhelm it. The State Senate Appropriations Committee analysis for S.B. 562, The Healthy California Act, declared the bill would cost $400 billion annually. With between $300 billion to $350 billion currently available expenditures, finance staff noted a shortfall of $50 billion to $100 billion. However, there were no firm details in...

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The California Senate Just Passed Single-Payer Health Care

By John Nichols, The Nation. The movement for “Medicare for All” is real, and it’s winning. If health care is a right—and it is—the only honest response to the current crisis is the single-payer “Medicare For All” reform that would bring the United States in line with humane and responsible countries worldwide. It is unfortunate that Donald Trump, who once seemed to recognize the logic of single payer, has aligned himself with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s scheme to make health a privilege rather than a right—and to use a “reform” of the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to...

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California Senate Says ‘Yes’ to Guaranteed Healthcare for All

Landmark Bill Moves on to Assembly After Key Win in Senate Big Healthcare Savings for California Families and Businesses With a critical vote from the California State Senate today, the universal healthcare train is moving forward in California. On a 23 to 14 vote, the California Senate put their stamp of approval on SB 562, a Medicare for all-type/single payer bill that would bring the dream of guaranteeing health care to all Californians – without the devastating out of pocket costs that force millions to skip needed care even if they are already paying premiums to insurance companies. Next...

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New Findings – SB 562 Would Cut State Spending on Healthcare by 18% – and Guarantee Care for All

Big Healthcare Savings for California Families and Businesses SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would cut current spending on healthcare in California by 18 percent – and produce substantial savings for households in healthcare costs as a share of their income, and California businesses, which would also see reduced payroll costs for health care expenditures, according to new research findings released today. Most importantly, the bill would guarantee full health coverage for all Californians, without the devastating deductibles and co-pays that prompt many to ration needed care. The study notes that 36 percent of all insured Californians, 12 million...

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New Poll – 70% of Californians Support CA Medicare for All Bill

New Poll – 70% of Californians Support CA Medicare for All Bill A full 70 percent of Californians favor establishing a public, Medicare for all type system providing universal single-payer health coverage, with lower costs for all Californians, as proposed in the Healthy California Act, SB 562. Moreover, even after hearing the main opposition arguments to SB 562, a strong majority, by up to 58 percent say they still support the goals of SB 562. Less than a third oppose it. That’s the findings of a new public opinion poll by the Tulchin Research firm, from a survey of...

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Single-Payer Would Cost A Third of Current Health Care Costs Per Family

By Robert Cruickshank, calitics. The argument for single-payer health care is primarily moral. It’s just wrong to make anyone’s ability to get the health care they need dependent on their ability to pay. Still, even when we win the moral argument, we still have to figure out how to get the system up and running – and how to fund it. It’s a sign of just how quickly the politics are moving on this in California, as the single-payer debate is increasingly about “how” and not “whether.” As will be shown below, the first analysis out of the state...

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Single Payer in California? Can We Afford it? Can We Afford Not to?

By Paul Y. Song, MD Physician, contributing to Huffington Post. This week, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB562 sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately screamed that #SB562 would cost $400 billion per year, more than three times California’s $124 billion general fund budget for next year. It is very important to understand that the author indicates that this analysis was done while much of the specific details of the proposed legislation are still not finalized, and therefore the assumptions are quite general and conservative. Still, the summary reports that annual government...

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California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Takes Another Step Forward

SB 562, the Healthy California Act, took another step forward in the California legislature Monday in a hearing by the state Senate Appropriations Committee and appears headed to a full vote on the Senate floor by early June. The Appropriations Committee will formally vote on the bill Thursday. The bill would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. It would deliver full health coverage for all Californians, without the devastating deductibles and co-pays that prompt many to ration care, and ensure real patient choice. In introducing the bill to the Appropriations committee, which focuses on costs,...

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Up to 1,000 RNs, Activists to Rally in Sacramento Friday To Press Support for Guaranteed Healthcare Legislation

NNU Leader RoseAnn DeMoro to Speak to CA Democrats Saturday. Up to 1,000 registered nurses and grassroots activists from across the state will rally outside the State Capitol late Friday afternoon, followed by a march to the Sacramento Convention Center to press the case for critical legislation to guarantee health coverage for all Californians and an end to out of control co-pays and deductibles. The rally begins at 5 p.m. on the West Steps of the Capitol, featuring former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, Sen. Ricardo Lara (tentative) and Sen. Toni Atkins (confirmed) – co-authors of SB 562 which...

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Support for S.B. 562 grows. A conversation with CNA/NNU Legislative Advocate Stephanie Roberson.

If you haven’t heard about the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562) you need to listen to this podcast. Nurse Talk visits with CNA/NNU Legislative Advocate Stephanie Roberson about this SINGLE PAYER legislation that if passed could guarantee all California residents affordable comprehensive healthcare. We need your help to pass this...

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After Cruel Trumpcare Vote, Sanders Calls on California to Lead Nation on Single Payer

By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams. The state ‘can send a message that will be heard all over this country,’ says senator. Days after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the “atrocious” American Healthcare Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on the state of California to “send a message” to the nation and pass a proposed single-payer healthcare bill. Sanders, who is expected to introduce a Medicare-for-all bill in the Senate this month, made the call at events this past weekend in Beverly Hills. Speaking at an event Saturday where...

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Will California’s surge of liberal activism pull legislators to the left?

By Melanie Mason, LA Times. When Jason Schadewald stepped up to the microphone to chime in with support for single-payer healthcare in California, he kept it short, stating his name, hometown and affiliation. But like scores of others present at the bill’s first committee hearing last week, the elected California Democratic Party delegate from the 41st Assembly District, which includes Pasadena, couldn’t resist going off script. He punctuated his remarks with a pointed warning. “I represent about 200,000 registered Democrats in that district who strongly support this measure,” Schadewald said. With a grin, he added, “and we’ll primary people...

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Single-Payer ‘Medicare for All’ Is the Only Health-Care System That Makes Sense

By John Nichols, The Nation. Bernie Sanders and the nurses are right: America needs a “Medicare for All” health-care system. And the change can begin in California. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Donald Trump’s Washington, keep cobbling together new schemes for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act—with huge tax cuts for the rich and a lot less care for everyone else. But even with the White House and Congress under Republican control, shredding what remains of the health-care safety net has no appeal beyond...

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‘The Time is Golden and Now’: Single-Payer Bill Advances in California

By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams. As Healthy California Act clears first hurdle, advocates say “here’s to making it national”. With close to 1,000 supporters rallying outside, California’s Senate Health Committee on Wednesday advanced a single-payer healthcare bill that has been described as a potential “catalyst for the nation.” The Healthy California Act (SB562) would create a universal health system (covering inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health, and nursing home care) for every California resident. Unveiled last month, the bill has the support of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association, who held a rally at the...

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California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Clears First Hurdle!

Senate Health Committee Passes the Healthy California Act SB 562 – A Bill to Guarantee Health Care for All Californians Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are heralding the California Senate Health Committee’s passage of SB 562, the Healthy California Act today, Wednesday, April 26, with a majority of the committee members’ support. SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. Full details of the bill may be viewed here. Prior to the hearing, over a thousand bill supporters, including members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, held a...

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It Begins: Nurses to Rally in Sacramento April 26 for First Hearing on Bill to Guarantee Care for All Californians

Hundreds of registered nurses and community activists will rally in Sacramento Wednesday, April 26 as the legislative journey begins with the first hearing on a bill to guarantee health care for all California residents with comprehensive health services and an end to out of control co-pays and deductibles. Schedule for Wednesday, April 26 Rally/training on SB 562 – Training 10:30 a.m., Rally 11 a.m. Sacramento Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 1400 J St, Sacramento. Speakers will include Sen. Lara and Sen. Atkins as well as CNA leaders. March to State Capitol – 12 p.m. Additional Media Availability – 1...

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Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

By Deborah Burger, RN and Co-President of National Nurses United. It’s time for a better plan. One that puts everybody in and leaves nobody out. With continued uncertainty in Washington over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, California has a unique role to play in charting a new path on health care reform – legislation that would guarantee coverage for all Californians, at much lower cost. SB 562, the Healthy California Act, introduced by state Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, with the California Nurses Association as lead proponent, will receive its first legislative hearing Wednesday, April 26...

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Single Payer in the Golden State

By Joel Bleifuss, In These Times. The fight for Medicare for all goes to California. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and millions of its beneficiaries are safe, for now, from the GOP’s congressional death panels. The healthcare fight is just getting started. In March, Bernie Sanders said he would introduce a “Medicare-for-all single-payer” bill in the Senate. The next big healthcare showdown, however, is shaping up in California. On one side, the Democratic legislature; on the other, it seems, is Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor. On February 17, Democratic state Sens. Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins introduced the Healthy...

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Oakland and Richmond City Councils Vote Unanimously to Support Healthy California Act SB 562

Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley Also Call On
 California Legislature to Support Single-payer Bill. The Oakland and Richmond City Council’s voted unanimously Tuesday to support SB 562 – the Healthy California Act, a bill that would guarantee healthcare to all California residents, slash patient and family costs for care, and ensure real patient choice. The Oakland and Richmond City Council SB 562 endorsements follow the unanimous passage of similar resolutions by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors earlier this month and the Los Angeles and Berkeley City Councils in March. This week Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote a letter...

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Town Halls Planned April 20 in Sonora on Healthy California Act SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to community town hall meetings in Sonora, Calif. on Thursday, April 20 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. The town hall will include a presentation by Pilar Schiavo, state-wide coordinator for the Healthy California and panel discussions with local doctors, Dr. Hope Ewing, the director of the Mathiesen Memorial Health Clinic and Dr. Bob Derlet, former chief of Emergency Medicine at U.C. Davis, and current physician...

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Single-payer health care is subject of Town Hall meeting

By Giuseppe Ricapito, The Union Democrat. A bill pending in the California Senate would guarantee healthcare for all under what’s known as a single-payer model — people pay into a fund, and a state agency handles coverage from there. The idea will be the subject of two town hall meetings at the Sonora Opera Hall on Thursday, one at 12:30 p.m., the other at 6:30 p.m. “We really think that with the federal attacks on healthcare, California has an opportunity to lead and has another path,” said Pilar Schiavo, one of the presenters and a Sonora-area native who is...

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes Unanimously for Resolution Supporting the Healthy California Act SB 562

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to support SB 562 – the Healthy California Act, a bill that would guarantee healthcare to all California residents, slash patient and family costs for care, and ensure real patient choice. The resolution called on California legislators to support SB 562, introduced by State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the lead sponsor of the bill. “Nurses are thrilled to have won the SF Board of Supervisors unanimous support for this resolution. SB 562 will improve and expand health care for our patients and...

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Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

By California State Senator Ricardo Lara writing for LA Progressive. Fortunately, Donald Trump and his Congressional cronies failed in their attempt to throw millions of Americans off their healthcare plans. That said, we nonetheless cannot rest on our laurels or continue playing defense when it comes to the gains we’ve made. Instead, it’s time for California to boldly move forward and to join every other major industrialized nation across the globe in guaranteeing that health care is a right for everyone— not just a privilege offered to those who can afford it. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act represented...

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Community Briefing Planned April 8 in Garden Grove on the Healthy California Act SB 562

“SB 562 guarantees that our families, friends and neighbors, especially the most vulnerable, our elders and children, will receive the health care they need.” The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Garden Grove, Calif. on Saturday, April 8 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. What: Community briefing on SB 562, the Healthy California Act When: Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m. Where: Garden Grove Community Center, 11300...

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Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

By Michael Todd, Santa Cruz Sentinel. SANTA CRUZ » Even the nose-bleed seats were full in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for a rally to support a Senate bill that would eradicate private health insurance in California. The legislation known as the Healthy California Act, or Senate Bill 562, was introduced Wednesday. California Nurses Association and National Nurses United hosted the rally Saturday at the Louden Nelson Community Center to provide information about how the plan, supporters said, would reduce health care premiums, deductibles and copays by removing private insurance interests from the equation. California represents one-sixth the nation’s...

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Community Briefing Planned April 1 in Santa Cruz on the Healthy California Act SB 562

“When we have access to early and preventative care, there are benefits not just to our health, but to our work environment and economy.” The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Saturday, April 1 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. What: Community briefing on SB 562, the Healthy California Act When: Saturday, April 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Where: Louden Nelson Community Ctr., 301 Center...

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Unveiled – SB 562: The Healthy California Act Path to Comprehensive Coverage, Low Cost for All Californians

Model for Nation as First State Legislative Hearing Nears All California residents will be guaranteed health coverage with comprehensive health services offered at minimal out of pocket costs and real patient choice of where to go for care under a bill that will begin its legislative review in mid-to late April in the California State Senate. With the California legislative counsel completing its initial review, text of SB 562, the Healthy California Act, introduced by State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, was released today. Senators Benjamin Allen, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike McGuire, Nancy Skinner, and Scott Wiener are co-authors....

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March and Rally for the Healthy California Act SB562, Sunday 3/26 in Downtown Los Angeles

Healthcare is a Human Right! Advocates including nurses, seniors, healthcare providers, students and immigrants, plan a march and rally in support of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, a bill that guarantees healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all-type system, on March 26th in downtown Los Angeles. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who introduced SB 562 last February with Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), will speak at the rally, as well as representatives from organizations campaigning for the bill. What: Healthcare is a Human Right March & Rally to Support the Healthy California Act #SB562 When:...

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Community Briefing Planned March 26 in Roseville, Ca. on the Healthy California Act SB 562

“We need SB 562 because it will expand healthcare to all and save billions of dollars at the same time.” The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Roseville on March 26 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. What: Community briefing on SB 562, the Healthy California Act When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 10AM-12PM Where: Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, Ca. “We are inviting our community...

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Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer health care

By Michael Lighty writing for Center for Health Journalism. Here we go again with national health care reform. But given the large gap between policies favored by Californians and those of the GOP in Washington, D.C., there is every reason for the Golden State to chart it’s own health care course. After all, the ACA was a compromise developed to satisfy conservative Democrats from red states and reach agreement with insurers. State Senator Ricardo Lara has introduced Senate Bill 562, in order for California to set its own course and “to lead,” as he put it. A single-payer system...

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Healthy California Act Town Halls Kick Off Saturday in Southern California

March and Rally Planned for March 26 in Los Angeles “As 24 million threatened by federal repeal effort, we are ready to create the future of healthcare in California.” The first in a series of town hall meetings planned throughout the state, in support of the Healthy California Act SB 562, will be held March 18th and 19th in Fullerton, Pomona, Covina and Riverside, Ca. California state senators have been invited. Advocates also plan a march and rally in support of SB 562, a bill that guarantees healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all-type system, on...

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As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

By Deborah Burger, Special to The Bee. In the coming days, we may finally see an unveiling of the details and text of the “replacement” plan pledged by those in Congress who have lusted for years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But from the leaks that have emerged, they should have saved the premiere for Halloween. It already looks like a horror show. And it won’t come close to promises made by President Donald Trump that “we’re going to have health care for everybody” that is “far less expensive and far better.” What’s incontrovertible is that tens of...

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Nurses Join Sen. Ricardo Lara and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for a Rally Supporting the Healthy California Act

Registered Nurses from area hospitals joined Sen. Ricardo Lara, Mayor Robert Garcia and other local leaders and activists at a rally in Long Beach on Friday evening to kick off a campaign for the Healthy California Act SB 562, a bill that will guarantee health care for all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all insurance system in the state, announced the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). “I am proud to endorse Senator Ricardo Lara’s bill calling to provide healthcare for all Californians,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “If we can achieve this in our state, it could become...

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Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 – Healthcare for all California Residents

The consensus is clear: Our current healthcare coverage system works for no one except insurance companies and Big Pharma. Hardworking Americans are going bankrupt, delaying care, choosing between medical bills and basics like food and rent, and unnecessarily suffering and dying because healthcare is not guaranteed as a human right. But Californians are determined to change that and, in doing so, lead the way for the rest of the nation. Nearly 500 registered nurses, healthcare activists, seniors, workers, immigrants, and business leaders converged on Sacramento today in a spirited rally to kick off a seminal campaign to win passage...

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California legislation would create single-payer health care system

By Emily Green, San Francisco Chronicle. A push for a single-payer health care system in California is making a comeback. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County) plans to introduce legislation Friday to create a single system that would provide health insurance to every California resident. “This is our opportunity to put ourselves on the record and be proactive against a Trump administration that is hellbent on eliminating the Affordable Care Act,” Lara said. The two-page bill contains no specifics. Friday was the deadline for introducing new legislation, and the bill will be fleshed out over the...

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While Congress struggles to replace Obamacare, the Trump administration is moving to reshape health insurance on its own

By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times. With congressional Republicans struggling to develop an Obamacare alternative, the Trump administration is taking steps on its own to loosen government regulation of the nation’s health insurance markets, a longtime conservative goal. Administration officials said the moves – which were detailed in proposed regulations released Wednesday — are necessary to stabilize Obamacare marketplaces that have been shaken over the last year by rising premiums and insurer exits. But the Trump administration’s moves to relax rules on insurers appear likely to shift additional medical costs onto patients by promoting higher-deductible health plans. The...

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Trump’s IRS stages a stealth attack on Obamacare

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. The Internal Revenue Service has become the first agency to follow President Trump’s directive to start undermining the Affordable Care Act. In a quiet rule change, but an important one, the IRS has told tax preparers and software firms that it won’t automatically reject tax returns that fail to state whether the tax filer had health insurance during the year. That effectively loosens enforcement of the ACA’s individual mandate. It appears to be a direct response to Trump’s Jan. 20 executive order requiring federal agencies “minimize…the economic and regulatory burdens of the Act.”...

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The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act

By NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, writing for Common Dreams. Forget the market-based mythologies, the Sanders vs. Cruz debate showed us there is only one true way to secure quality healthcare for every person in society. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ CNN health care debate with Sen. Ted Cruz Tuesday night was a case study of the competing visions of social justice and free market fundamentalism. The ostensible frame of the debate was on the expected repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But the presence of Sanders on the stage changed the discourse to a broader contrast of compassion or a...

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‘Access’ to Buying Insurance is Not Health Coverage

By NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, writing for Huffington Post. A signature exchange early in the first Senate hearing Wednesday for Rep. Tom Price in his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary illustrates a lot about our still damaged healthcare system, and how it could now get much worse. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose call to expand coverage through an improved Medicare for all was a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, forcefully challenged Price to commit to guaranteed healthcare for every American. Sanders: The United States of America is the only major country on earth that...

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