Author: HealthyCA

New Data: Big Drop in Charity Care Provided by California Non-Profit Hospitals This Decade

Despite increased scrutiny in recent years, culminating in a decision this spring by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to reject appeals by three California hospitals to be exempted from charity care obligations, new data released today shows a sweeping drop this decade in what California non-profits overall are providing in charity care. The percentage of charity care provided by California non-profit hospitals, as a percentage of their operating expenses, fell by one-third from 2011 through 2016, the most recent year for which public data is available.* California non-profit hospitals reduced spending on charity care even while recording a total...

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A Healthier California

An Interview with Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United Single payer means new freedoms for workers, employers and the state economy — it’s also the difference between life and intolerable fear, suffering and death Many myths surround single-payer universal health care. The real bottom line is that it saves California businesses and workers billions of dollars, and ends the fragmentation and complexity of the current health care system. It is also the only reform that contains costs and guarantees health care for all. Critics cite obstacles such as “federal waivers,” but these are...

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A conversation with Michael Lighty – A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All

Join us for this special edition podcast with Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United, Michael Lighty. In Michael’s article he notes, the labor movement exists to stop money from being the metric of value and power. Healthcare is exhibit A for money as the metric (see Elizabeth Rosenthal’s book, “American Sickness”). Unions derive power from members, engaged in fights to win a better life at work, home and in society. Medicare for All enjoys strong majority support among the general public, and overwhelming support among union members and Democrats (70-80% in recent...

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Nurses: Assembly Select Committee Findings Abandon 21 Percent of Californians Struggling with Health Costs

The California Nurses Association today criticized a report issued by the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage as abandoning the day-to-day struggles of millions of Californians faced with un-payable medical costs. In a 47-page report by University of California professors and a consultant commissioned by the Select Committee, the committee makes a variety of policy recommendations, none of which have specific implementation plans, and virtually ignores the comprehensive proposal for guaranteed healthcare for all Californians, SB 562, which the committee work was intended to avoid, says CNA. “This report is a public disservice by...

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Decrying Failure of For-Profit System, 1 Million Demand Senators Back Medicare for All

By Julia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams. “We want nothing more than to be able to treat our patients and we’re sick of having our patients’ care rationed by private health insurance companies.” Medicare for All advocacy groups visited the offices of several Democratic senators on Thursday to deliver a total of one million petition signatures of Americans who support a universal healthcare system. The petitions asked senators who have not yet signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill (S. 1804) to join 16 of their Democratic colleagues—including several who are considered top contenders to challenge...

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Single payer health care’s opponents are beholden

I am a retired registered nurse who worked for 40 years in acute care hospitals. I watched all those years as our health care system morphed into the heath insurance for profit system now in place, which is a disgrace and denies health care access to millions of people, and which often results in death and/or needless stress and suffering. I wish people understood that the California single payer health care bill now being discussed by many is not complete because the Assembly refuses to do the work of completing it. It is their job and why they were...

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Dramatic Aetna Admission a Window Into Widespread Abuse of Patients in Insurance Claims Denials Say RNs

Revelations Sunday by CNN that Aetna’s former Southern California medical director admitted under oath that he never looked at patient records when deciding whether to approve or deny care highlights a widespread abuse in the insurance industry that can have catastrophic consequences for patients, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today The case, which only came to light following litigation about a denial of care, is hardly an isolated incident, notes CNA. Just last week CNA reported new data its researchers had uncovered that documented that 60 percent to 80 percent of health insurance denials are reversed by...

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Sponsors of Single-Payer Bill SB 562 to Testify at Assembly Select Committee Hearing on Universal Coverage

“The future is single-payer and it is the legislature’s job to address the present crisis and plan for the future by moving SB 562 forward.” Sponsors of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, the single payer bill pending in the California legislature, will present as panelists at the upcoming Assembly Select Committee Hearing on Universal Healthcare in California at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Wednesday, February 7. Panelists will include Robert Pollin, Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and co-author of the financial study, Economic Analysis of the Healthy California Single-Payer Health Care Proposal...

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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

By Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, National Nurses United. The announcement by the CEO’s from JP Morgan Chase, Amazon and Berkshire-Hathaway that they are forming a new healthcare company signals the symbolic end of the ACA-reform era. They recognize the inefficiencies and profiteering of the private insurance companies, who add no value to businesses dealing with healthcare. And should there be any doubt that the end of the ACA is nigh, there’s this from Trump: “We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare. The individual mandate is now gone.” Given the record of the CEO-in-chief who now occupies the...

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Single Payer Supporters, Nurses and Patients to Converge on State Capitol to Protest Legislators Delaying Healthy California Act SB 562

“We will keep organizing and speaking out until healthcare is a right for all Californians, not a privilege” Members of California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Healthy California campaign will converge from throughout the state for a rally and a public hearing on healthcare in California in Sacramento, Wednesday, January 17, to urge legislators to move forward with SB 562, legislation for a single payer health plan that would guarantee comprehensive health care for all residents. “For months, thousands of Californians have been standing up in a grassroots movement for a single payer system that puts patients before insurance...

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Supporters Urge Legislators to Advance Single Payer Bill SB 562 at Public Hearing

Sacramento, Wednesday, January 17 “We will keep organizing and speaking out until healthcare is a right for all Californians, not a privilege” Members of California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Healthy California campaign will converge at a public hearing on healthcare in California in Sacramento, Wednesday, January 17, to urge legislators to move forward with SB 562, legislation for a single payer health plan that would guarantee comprehensive health care for all residents in the state. “For months, thousands of Californians have been standing upin a grassroots movement for a single payer system that puts patients before insurance industry...

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Less

Shouldn’t we pay “LESS” for healthcare too? See how the U.S. fails when other countries pay so much “LESS” for healthcare and cover all. 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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It’s Time To Move The Healthy California Act ( S.B. 562) Forward!

California has an opportunity to make healthcare a human right and guarantee it to everyone in the Golden State. As Democrats in the State House continue to hold the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562) hostage, nurses and millions of others continue their push to move this bill forward. California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Legislative Advocate Stephanie Roberson updates us on the status of S.B. 562 and what you can do to support...

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A New Year’s Day Parade for ‘Medicare for All’ Signals Energized Battle Ahead in California

By Jon Queally, Staff Writer, Common Dreams. “People are hip to faux solutions and incrementalism and are not buying it. They want Medicare for All—and they want it now.” In the immediate wake of Monday’s Rose Parade—which takes place annually on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California—hundreds of residents and advocates took over the parade route with a march of their own as they called for ‘Medicare for All’ and demanded passage of a bill currently stalled in the state legislature that would provide every Californian with healthcare coverage. Those who marched, reports the Pasadena Star-News, waved large banners reading...

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The Biggest Moments of 2017 in the Fight for Universal Healthcare

By Jonathan Michels, Armide Storey, writing for Common Dreams. Despite continued assertions that universal healthcare in the United States is merely a liberal “pipe dream,” public support is growing. In the face of a fiercely conservative administration, 2017 has seen an upsurge in popular resistance against measures that threatened to chip away at important–if imperfect–social welfare initiatives, chief among them the ability for Americans to receive quality healthcare. Activists pushed back against a series of attempts by Republican lawmakers to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with bills that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would have led...

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Hundreds Converge at Public Hearing in Los Angeles, Urge Legislators to Advance Single Payer Bill SB 562

Former Vermont Governor and Policy Analyst Agree: Single-Payer most comprehensive, effective solution Members of California Nurses Association and the Healthy California campaign held a lively rally and filled the Ronald Reagan State Office Building Auditorium yesterday in downtown Los Angeles to urge legislators to move forward with SB 562, legislation for a single payer health plan that would guarantee comprehensive health care for all residents in the state. The public hearing titled, “Universal Coverage and Cost Containment Efforts in the United States,” was the second convened by the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage....

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The Feminist Case For Single Payer

By Natalie Shure, writing for Jacobin. In the spring of 1969, a dozen feminists gathered at a women’s conference in Boston and came to a sober conclusion: their encounters with the United States health-care system had been overwhelmingly negative. They felt unsettled by doctors, alienated from their bodies, grifted by fees, and altogether powerless to navigate an industry they believed objectified them just as popular culture did. The conference launched a years-long project, with each participant delving into some aspect of anatomy, sexuality, or society related to women’s health. The result was a self-published volume of essays called Women and...

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Single Payer Supporters Will Urge Legislators to Advance Single Payer Bill SB 562 at Public Hearing on California’s Healthcare in Los Angeles Monday December 11

“Californians want a single payer system that puts patients health and wellbeing at the center not insurance industry profits.” Members of California Nurses Association and the Healthy California campaign will converge at a public hearing in Los Angeles, Monday December 11, to urge legislators to move forward with SB 562, legislation for a single payer health plan that would guarantee comprehensive health care for all residents in the state. “Californians want and need our elected representatives to move this bill forward, not the dog and pony show these hearings represent,” said Bonnie Castillo, Associate Executive Director California Nurses Association/...

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Democrats Divided: Assm. Jim Wood Officially ‘Admonished’ By Humboldt Progressive Club, Setting Up Prog-Versus-Establishment Wars to Come

By Hank Sims, Lost Coast Output. Last night, a group of local progressive Democrats signaled that it’s ready to flex its muscle against party leaders it considers insufficiently responsive to the progressive platform. On a vote of 16-11, the Humboldt Progressive Democrats – an officially sanctioned “club” under the umbrella of the Humboldt Democratic Central Committee – voted to “admonish” Assemblymember Jim Wood for “acting in opposition” to Senate Bill 562, legislation introduced earlier this year that would institute a single-payer health care system in the state of California and has since been parked in an assembly committee, with...

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Ban Ki-moon urges U.S. to shun ‘powerful interests’ and adopt universal healthcare

By Jessica Glenza, The Guardian. In a major international intervention in the US debate, the former UN secretary general said the current system ‘ultimately functions to prioritize profit over care’ The former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called on Americans to pass universal health coverage at a speech in New York City on Tuesday, marking a dramatic intervention of world leaders into the US healthcare debate. Ban called on the US to stop “powerful interests” from prioritizing “profit over care” as part of a global delegation pushing the US to adopt a publicly financed health system similar to those...

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We are America’s future doctors. We support a Medicare-for-all health system

By Augie Lindmark, Vanessa Van Doren, Bryant Shuey, and Andy Hyatt – writing for STAT News. Underneath a heap of hospital blankets, Stephen seemed small for a 7-year-old. His chest rose and fell rapidly, a frightening rhythm given his history of asthma. His parents stood nearby as veteran witnesses — Stephen had been admitted to a Cleveland safety net hospital for asthma four times already this year — but familiarity offers little comfort when your child struggles to breathe. When asked if their son used his asthma inhalers, they replied, “It depends. When we can afford them, he takes...

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Single Payer Supporters Rally at State Capitol with Message to Legislators: Stop Wasting Time With Sham Committee Hearings!

Focus on the Solution, SB 562- Guaranteed Health Care for All! The California Nurses Association and the campaign for the Healthy California Act, a coalition comprised of 350 organizations representing over six million Californians, held high-energy, well-attended rallies at the state Capitol for two days, Oct. 23 and 24, in support of SB 562, legislation that would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. The rallies were scheduled to coincide with the first round of Assembly Select Committee Hearings on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon...

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Rallies to Support Single Payer Bill SB 562 Planned Oct. 23 and 24 at State Capitol to Coincide with Assembly Select Committee Hearings on Health Care

Diverse Coalition Criticizes Hearings as Woefully Incomplete, Promoting Counterfeit “alternatives” to SB 562 and Guaranteed Healthcare for all California Residents The California Nurses Association and the campaign for the Healthy California Act, a coalition comprised of 350 organizations representing over six million Californians, will hold rallies on Oct. 23 and 24 at the state Capitol in support of SB 562, legislation that would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. The rallies are scheduled to precede the first round of Assembly Select Committee Hearings on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal...

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From Mt. Shasta to the High Desert, Over Ten Thousand Californians Mobilized Over the Weekend for Single Payer Bill SB 562

Support Rallies for SB 562 Planned at State Capitol on Oct 23 and 24 During Select Committee Hearings on Health Care The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor held more than one hundred grassroots outreach actions in all 80 state Assembly districts over the weekend connecting more than ten thousand of California residents to the movement for Medicare for All and SB 562, legislation which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. Hundreds of volunteers participated in the statewide action, engaging over ten thousand California residents,...

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October 14 and 15 Days of Action: Medicare-for-All Supporters Plan Over 100 Grassroots Actions in All 80 California Assembly Districts

Supporters Also Plan SB 562 Support Rallies at State Capitol on Oct. 23 and 24 During Select Committee Hearings on Health Care The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor will hold grassroots actions, including canvassing, on Oct. 14 and 15 in all 80 state Assembly districts, to engage residents with the Medicare-for-All movement and 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. More than one hundred actions are planned from Eureka to Mt. Shasta, throughout the SF Bay Area to...

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Why the Growing Call for Healthcare Justice Can No Longer be Ignored in Sacramento or Washington

By Paul Y. Song, MD, writing for The Huffington Post. As the nation and especially California breathes a collective sigh of relief that yet another Draconian GOP repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed, it further illustrates just how vulnerable the Golden State remains to the legislative whims of Congress. Graham-Cassidy would have crippled California far more than any other repeal attempt by reducing California’s federal health funds by a staggering $139 Billion over a seven-year period. Thankfully, due to a sustained unwavering opposition by countless Americans and healthcare activists, Mitch McConnell opted not to bring up a...

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Hosts Needed for Statewide Weekend of Action

The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor are turning up the heat in all of the state’s 80 Assembly districts. On October 14th and 15th we need your help to launch door to door canvasses, petitioning and tabling events statewide. Sign up to host an event in your community on the weekend of Oct. 14th and 15th! We’ll follow up to provide all the training, materials, and support you need for making your local day of action a success! HOST COMMUNITY EVENT...

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Healthy California Act SB 562 Supporters Ramp Up for October Actions in All 80 Assembly Districts

“We’ll knock on doors throughout the state to listen to our neighbors’ concerns about health care and connect them to the growing movement.” The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor are ramping up for grassroots actions, including canvassing, in all 80 state Assembly districts in October to engage residents with the Medicare for All movement and campaign for SB 562, legislation which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. California single-payer supporters are planning the statewide actions as they celebrate Sen. Bernie Sanders introduction this week...

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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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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

As those in Washington DC work to destroy our healthcare, we can build a new path that’s even better than before!! 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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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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