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Guaranteed Healthcare Coming to California?!?

by: California Nurses Shum

Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 11:30:56 AM PDT

(I hope so! - promoted by atdleft)

The fight for guaranteed healthcare made an important advance yesterday as the California legislature prepared to send Governor Schwarzenegger a "Medicare for All" or "SinglePayer healthcare" bill.  He vetoed it last year-but will he have the guts to do so again?? Meanwhile a new study finds Canada's healthcare better than the U.S.'s an only 42 percent the cost, the drug lobby keeps ripping us off, and the insurance industry wants to attack Hillary Clinton no matter what health plan she supports.

Brought to you by the National Nurses Organizing Committee as we organize to make 2007 the Year of GUARANTEED Healthcare

California Nurses Shum :: Guaranteed Healthcare Coming to California?!?
State Sen. Sheila Kuehl is a healthcare activist and the only person in the country who has passed a guaranteed healthcare bill through a state legislature.  Her bill, SB 840, the California Universal Healthcare Act uses single-payer financing, and has been projected to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year while covering every single person in the state.

Sounds good to me especially as the California Nurses Association is the bill's lead sponsor.

While Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill last year, everything has changed this year, from the national healthcare debate to his desire to challenge Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat in 2010.  Wouldn't it be weird if he ran as the person signed Guaranteed Healthcare into law?  Of course his plan right now is forced insurance-force people to sign up with private insurers, and fine them if they don't.  Terrible. 

The good news is Schwarzenegger can't even find a sponsor for his bill-while Kuehl just passed her bill through the Health Committee and sent it to the Senate floor for a vote!

There's an excellent chance it will pass through both houses and give Schwarzenegger a very difficult choice.  Leading up to that, the bill does face a clear threat from a few Democratic politicians who want to compromise principles for expediency-fixing a gushing wound with a band-aid, then calling a press conference to brag about it.  In the words of Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the CA Nurses: "Whose life doesn't count?

Those politicians should read the new study that came out yesterday, finding that Canada's healthcare system is superior to America's at only 42 percent of the cost.  That means we're wasting about 1.2 trillion care dollars annually on nothing!  And, if Canada really has a 5 percent lower death rate in hospitals, our messed-up healthcare system is killing tens of thousands of people a year unnecessarily.  Many people talk about the private insurance racket as "Murder by Spreadsheet"-isn't this "Genocide by Spreadsheet?"

Meanwhile, the for-profit healthcare corporations continue to roll in the bucks, as companies just got their Senate friends to prohibit Medicare from negotiating drug discounts.  More care dollars wasted.

And, finally, the insurance industry is already sharpening its claws against Candidate Clinton.  I hope she realizes they'll come after her no matter what she does, and support a plan to get rid of their waste and abuseā€¦like SB 840 or John Conyers' federal bill HR 676.

If you want to join the fight for guaranteed healthcare (with a "Medicare for All" or SinglePayer financing), sign up with GuaranteedHealthcare.org, a project of the National Nurses Organizing Committee.  You can help the fight by sharing your story about surviving the healthcare industry here.

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If Arnold can't even get his 'reform' package a sponsor... (0.00 / 0)
In the Assembly OR Senate, then what makes anyone think that he has the moxie to take on Barbara Boxer in 2010? If Arnold can't even work on good legislation for us now, what makes anyone think that he'll be able to accomplish anything in the Senate? If Arnold wants to do something productive after 2010, then maybe he should go back to doing cheesy action movies.

Had enough of the "red county" right-wing crazy-talk bulls***? Well, then come and visit us at The Liberal OC! Yes, there ARE liberals in The OC! : )

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