Author: HealthyCA

Sen. Sanders Medicare for All Act – The Time Has Come Today

By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams. Today’s bill introduction is the crest of a wave, but it’s also a new beginning. As the Chambers Brothers might put it, with the introduction of Sen. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act of 2017 the time has come today. The dream of healthcare reformers for more than a century—and the incredible and unending work of nurses, especially National Nurses United members, to guarantee health care with comprehensive benefits and a single standard of quality care for everyone—is moving a huge step forward. In a town where the healthcare industry is...

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Piece of Legislation

MUST SEE!!! Check out our newest Healthcare ROCKS! video, Piece of Legislation, which tells the story of SB 562 passing the Senate just to be held up by Speaker Anthony Rendon in Assembly Rules. Please share this video now and often on social media and use it when conducting outreach and education on the bill, Facebook,...

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California’s Single Payer Bill S.B. 562 Is Alive And Well Despite Set Back

Faster than it had been approved in the Senate, House Speaker Anthony Rendon tabled S.B. 562 indefinitely. Rendon, who is a Democrat, said the bill was “woefully incomplete”. Where does the bill stand now? With us on our podcast is California Nurses Association Legislative Advocate, Stephanie Roberson. Stephanie talks about the way...

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Statewide Town Halls and Canvassing Call for Urgent Action on Healthy California Act SB 562

“Our current healthcare system is broken and our elected representatives must take urgent action to fix it by supporting SB 562 and a single payer system for our state.” The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor plan a fourth wave of coordinated canvasses this weekend as well as a series of town halls throughout the state next week to engage community members with the campaign for SB 562, legislation which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. “Our current healthcare system is broken and our elected...

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Stalling health care helps no one

Deborah Burger writing for the Eureka Times-Standard. How long are we going to ask North Coast residents who have no health coverage or who struggle to pay inflated costs for medical care to wait for help? A long time, apparently, in the view of North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. In Wood’s district, 24 percent of adults delayed filling prescriptions or getting medical services in 2014. One fifth of those adults were in only fair or poor health, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. It will soon get worse. Insurance premiums are...

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Second Wave of Statewide Outreach for Healthy California Act SB 562 Planned for Labor Day Weekend

The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor plan a second wave of coordinated canvasses this Labor Day weekend to engage community members with the campaign for SB 562, legislation which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. The statewide organizing effort was launched earlier this month with canvassing in Eureka, Patterson (Stanislaus County), and in the Southern California cities, Whittier, Sylmar and Paramount.  An outreach campaign aimed at expanding the support of businesses for SB 562 will launch later in September. Upcoming Canvass Actions Saturday, Sept....

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Poll: Voters in Rendon’s District Oppose Freeze on SB 562; 41% ‘Less Likely’ to Vote for Him in 2018

Residents of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s own district oppose his decision to block legislative action on a critical bill to guarantee health coverage for all Californians. That is according to a survey of 400 likely 2018 voters in Rendon’s 63rd Assembly district conducted August 16 to 20. GBA (Gerstein/Bocian/Agne) Strategies, a prominent, Democratic-aligned Washington DC polling firm, conducted the phone survey, to both landlines and cell phones, for the California Nurses Association (CNA). Speaker Rendon acted unilaterally to block Assembly hearings on SB 562, a bill to guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other...

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California Democratic Party Endorses Single Payer Bill, SB 562

In a unanimous vote by its executive board, meeting over the weekend in Anaheim, the California Democratic Party has endorsed SB 562, the Healthy California Act which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. The vote Sunday by the CDP’s executive board followed a recommendation by the CDP Legislative Committee Saturday, which also voted unanimously to endorse SB 562. The executive board includes some 320 members including both Democratic elected officials and appointed CDP representatives. In effect, the vote is a tacit rebuke to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, one of...

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Healthy California Response to Speaker Rendon’s Select Committee on Healthcare

The Healthy California campaign formed in February of this year to move forward the Healthy California Act -SB 562 (Lara & Atkins) in light of the aggressive federal attacks on our healthcare. During the last six months we have grown support for SB 562 to over 650 organizations and more than 6 million Californians. We know that with or without a vote in Congress, Trump and GOP leaders have already set into motion actions that unravel the Affordable Care Act and that are leading to Covered California rate increases of up to 30% in many areas around the state....

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Statewide Canvasses for SB 562, Medicare-for-All, Continue Sat. Aug. 26 With Districts Including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s

“Speaker Rendon has avoided an actual single payer bill with a select committee. What he can’t avoid is a grassroots movement knocking on every door in his district.” The California Nurses Association (CNA), Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor will be canvassing in California district 63—the district of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon—this Saturday, as well as in district 57 (Assemblymember Ian Calderon) and district 21 (Assemblymember Adam Gray) to engage community members with the campaign for S.B. 562, legislation to win guaranteed healthcare for all California residents. Saturday’s canvass, part of a series of statewide canvasses launched August...

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Nurses Statement on Rendon’s Assembly Select Committee

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s appointment of an Assembly Select Committee to “develop plans for achieving universal health care in California.” California does not need a Select Committee to hold hearings to develop a plan for achieving universal healthcare in California.  This announcement today is a reflection of the pressure on the Assembly to act in response to organizing by thousands of Californians across the state who have made the case for real action on transformative single payer healthcare reform. Speaker Rendon also has...

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Close to Home: Nurses will not stop pressuring Rendon to do his job

By Deborah Burger writing for The Press Democrat. This is in response to a Press Democrat editorial on Aug. 11 (“Thumbs down: Recall of Assembly speaker is a waste of resources”). With the defeat, for now, of the cruel U.S. Senate bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, some are asking why the California Nurses Association continues to push for expanding health coverage, through a Medicare-for-all type state bill, SB 562. The simple answer — for our patients. Patients like Shannon, who writes to us that even with her Covered California insurance plan, “I still have (a) high...

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Statewide Canvasses Launched for SB 562 and Medicare-for-All Beginning August 19

“We are committed to knock on every door to organize our neighbors to win guaranteed healthcare for all.” The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor are launching coordinated canvasses of assembly districts across the state beginning this Saturday, August 19th, to engage community members with the campaign for SB 562, legislation to win guaranteed healthcare for all California residents. “We’re going to grow our grassroots power and hold our elected representatives accountable to honoring the will of their constituents by proactively supporting SB 562. Every day we delay in moving this bill forward, more people...

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Anthony Rendon is Wrong: SB 562 is Not “Woefully Incomplete”

By Ryan Skolnick, Healthcare Justice Warrior. On September 27th, 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 32, or the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The bill granted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) broad new powers to reduce the state’s carbon footprint. Under the authority granted by AB 32, CARB implemented the entirety of our current climate change program, including our cap and trade program, fuel efficiency standards for cars, and significant fees on polluters. All of this, from a bill that was only 12 pages long. Or, as Speaker Anthony Rendon would describe it, a “woefully incomplete”...

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Michael Lighty explains the waiver process proposed for a California single payer system

Policy Rant: CA SB 562 and Federal Waivers By Michael Lighty Skeptics of SB 562, the California single-payer bill, latch onto the question of obtaining federal waivers to help fund the new Healthy California Trust Fund, an independent public authority created by SB562 that will guarantee healthcare to all Californians thru single-payer financing. But these skeptics fail to recognize the political, statutory and legal paths available to ensure the new system receives all the federal funds for which Californians are eligible. Through on-going consultations with advocates, administrators, legal authorities and health policy analysts, the sponsor of SB 562 is...

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We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare

By Jean Ross writing for Common Dreams. With liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace the Affordable Care Act, all is good again with healthcare in America. Right? Well, there have been a few troubling signs if you can dig past all the news about Donald Trump’s latest tweets. Americans are dying younger. A Bloomberg news report found that in 2015 the death rate rose slightly for the first time in 2015 since 1999 (though that has brought some cheer, , said Bloomberg,...

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Liberals Strike Back… Against Single Payer

By Michael Lighty, writing for Common Dreams. In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. They are dead wrong. With the explosive growth of the movement for single payer healthcare, it should not be a surprise to see the Empire Strike Back. In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. There are many ways to achieve “universal coverage,” we’re told. “Overhauling” the entire system is too hard, healthcare is...

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The barrier to single payer isn’t cost, it’s politics

With Covered California announcing this week that health insurance premiums will jump an average of 12.5 percent next year, and possibly far more depending on actions in Washington, it’s worth repeating that a real cure for Californians, Senate Bill 562, is still achievable this year. Under SB 562, a Medicare-for-all bill, not only would every Californian be guaranteed health coverage, but all premiums, as well as deductibles and copays, would be eliminated. That would be a huge relief to the 15 million Californians who have no health coverage or struggle to pay medical bills and insurance premiums, even with...

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Something Better Than Before

Share our new “Schoolhouse Rock!” inspired video that illustrates how we can do “Better Than Before” when it comes to covering everybody! The real solution to the broken healthcare system is the Healthy California Act, SB 562 – guaranteed healthcare for all Californians! Please share this video now and often on social media and use it when conducting outreach and education on the bill, Facebook, Twitter. After you share the video, call your Assemblymember at 855-271-8515 and tell them it’s time to co-author SB...

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Community Briefing – July 27 San Jose: How Will SB 562 Benefit Seniors and People with Disabilities

Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymember Ash Kalra to Join Expert Panel The campaign for the Healthy California Act and California Alliance for Retired Persons/CARA, is inviting area residents to a community briefing on Thursday, July 27, in San Jose, to learn about how the Healthy California Act, SB 562, would impact Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) recipients, including seniors and people with disabilities. Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymember Ash Kalra will participate in the briefing which features presentations by Jodi Reid, Executive Director of CARA/California Alliance of Retired Americans, Janie Whiteford, California In Home Supportive Services Consumer Alliance, Henry Abrons,...

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Creating the Future of Health Care with SB 562 Town Hall July 22 in Oakland

“This event is an opportunity to meet others in our community who care about health care and want to do more than just resist the disastrous changes being put forward at the federal level” The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting on Saturday, July 22, in Oakland to learn about SB 562, a bill that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. The town hall will feature presentations by Eric Leenson and Mehul Thakker, Business Alliance for a Healthy California, Jodi Reid, Executive...

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The Public Option – Doomed From the Start

by RoseAnn DeMoro, writing for Common Dreams. There’s a significant danger that a public option would not only fail to improve the ACA, it could undermine the movement for Medicare for All With the collapse of the dismal Republican healthcare bill, some Democrats are reviving talk of a public option as the cure for the holes in the Affordable Care Act that opened the door for the GOP attack. Some even project the public option as the path to real transformative reform, an improved and expanded Medicare for all. It’s not. The public option bears more in common with fool’s gold....

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High Desert Health Care for All Town Hall on SB 562 Planned July 20 in Apple Valley

“We are excited to host this informative town hall about the positive impact single-payer care can have on the High Desert” The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Apple Valley 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. “Far too many residents in this region are uninsured or underinsured. Far too many lack dental care and the GOP are determined to undermine even further the healthcare crisis,” said Resa Barillas,...

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Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

By Richard Eskow, Common Dreams. The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy: More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000. But at the same time, Medicare for All suffers from the rise of a new growth industry: telling Americans what can’t be done to make their lives better. It seems like the nation that used to pride itself on its “can-do” spirit is constantly being told, “No, we...

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Town Halls July 13 in L.A./Oxnard on Single Payer Bill S.B. 562 Will Focus on Immigrant Communities

As immigrant communities face unique challenges with the healthcare system, the campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting immigrant community members to town halls in Los Angeles and Oxnard Thursday, July 13, to learn about S.B. 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee healthcare to all California residents by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system in the state. The Oxnard town hall will be held entirely in Spanish, and the L.A. town hall will provide simultaneous Spanish and Korean translation via headphones for all participants. “The campaign for S.B. 562 seeks to achieve...

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‘People’s Health Committee’ Convenes July 11 to Show Calif. Dems How to Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

Patients, RNs, Community Conduct Own Health Committee Hearing on Stalled Healthcare Bill S.B. 562 With Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon continuing to prevent California’s single-payer healthcare bill, S.B. 562, from moving forward in the state Assembly, the Healthy California campaign—350 organizations representing more than six million Californians—will convene Tuesday, July 11 for a “People’s Health Committee,” featuring the people of California conducting their own health committee hearing for the stalled bill. “Our patients cannot wait any longer while elected officials tell us it’s never the right time for single payer,” said Deborah Burger, RN, copresident of the California Nurses Association....

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Town Hall Planned July 8 in Lakewood on SB 562

“We’re holding this town hall to organize our community and let Speaker Rendon know that his job is to represent the most vulnerable in our community not the insurance industry” The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Lakewood, Calif. on Saturday, July 8, to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all California residents by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system in the state. Simultaneous English/Spanish translation services will be provided on headphones for town hall participants....

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The Coming Democratic Infighting Over Single-Payer Health Care

By Paul Waldman, The American Prospect. As liberals start to push single-payer, there are some key questions both grassroots activists and legislators will have to consider. Beware Democrats: There’s a new litmus test on the way that you’ll have to satisfy if you want to avoid being branded an establishment sellout. It concerns single-payer health care, and while this one can get silly in some quarters, there are serious questions that everyone on the left, from the most moderate Democrat to the most committed leftist, will have to answer. With the Republicans proving that a health plan embodying conservative...

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California Has the Means to Create a Single-Payer Health System, Despite the Assembly Speaker’s Decision to Stop a Single-Payer Bill

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet. The Assembly can still take up the bill, says the California Nurses Association. The push for single-payer health care in California has been a hopeful counterpoint to congressional GOP efforts to decimate health safety nets. But in late June, Democratic California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon pulled SB 562, a Senate-passed bill to create a statewide system to eliminate all private insurers. Rendon said the Senate bill lacked many specifics, such as a revenue stream for the estimated $140 billion needed annually to cover caring for 37 million residents in addition to all federal health...

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Sacramento Action Planned Monday, July 3 Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Denying Democracy

Update: Watch the recorded live stream of this event » Supporters call on Speaker to “Let the Legislature Legislate!” Building on last week’s spirited action where more than 500 California residents converged on the state capitol, calling on Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to let California’s single payer healthcare bill, SB 562, move forward in the state Assembly—the campaign for the Healthy California Act will hold a follow up action in Sacramento on Monday, July 3. “There is a healthcare emergency, both statewide and nationally, and we are calling on Assembly Speaker Rendon to stop denying democracy, and do the...

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Sacramento Action Planned Today Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Delay & Pass SB 562

*Note new time & location below* The campaign for the Healthy California Act, a coalition comprised of 350 organizations representing over six million Californians, will hold an action in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 28, calling on Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to let SB 562 move forward in the California Assembly. Speaker Rendon announced his decision to put a hold on the bill at 5 p.m. last Friday, a decision that the bill’s primary sponsor, the California Nurses Association, described as “a cowardly act, developed in secret without engaging the thousands of Californians who have rallied to enact real health care reform.”...

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Open Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Healthcare

Dear Governor Brown, I have campaigned for you in every election.  I did so because I believed that you would work on behalf of the people of California. Californians need your help now.  My wife has a  terminal illness. She requires frequent doctor visits and expensive medication in order to stay out of the hospital.  As she is not yet 65, she stands to lose all health coverage, if our Republican Congress wins their war against the nation’s health.  So the political is now personal. I, too have been diagnosed with a precursor for a very bad cancer.  My elderly...

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Tell California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to Stop Blocking Healthcare Reform

All hands on deck for guaranteed healthcare! Three actions to make your voice heard & demand the Assembly vote on SB 562: Saturday, July 1st, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Keep up the heat! Canvass Speaker Rendon’s district tomorrow! Office of Anthony Rendon, 12132 Garfield Avenue South Gate, CA 90280 Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/261006017710718 Monday, July 3rd, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Speaker Rendon: Don’t Hold Our Healthcare Hostage – Move SB 562 Forward in the Assembly! Sacramento Capitol (meet at the intersection of 10th & N Streets) Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710686215638320 Contact Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly...

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Outrage Aimed at Democrat Who Pulled Plug on California’s Single-Payer Bill

By Jon Queally, Staff Writer, Common Dreams. Advocates of the single-payer healthcare proposal which has been steadily advancing through the California legislature were voicing outrage and disappointment on Saturday after Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, announced he was pulling the bill from further consideration this year. Known as the Healthy California Act, or SB 562, the measure had already passed the state Senate and was making its way through the lower chamber when Rendon said Friday it was being shelved by the Assembly Rules Committee, which he chairs, “until further notice.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has vocally promoted SB 562...

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You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers’ questions on California’s proposed single-payer plan

By Melanie Mason, Contact Reporter, LA Times. We had some questions about California’s high-profile bill to establish a single-payer system, in which the state would foot the bill for nearly all healthcare costs of its residents. So we looked into the proposal, asking who would be covered, how it would be paid for and other basic questions about how it would work. Times readers sent us their own questions about about SB 562, the measure by state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). Many were rooted in their personal experiences. They asked about how this...

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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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