|California is leading the way again! As Republicans threaten to rob 30 million people of lifesaving health care, State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins just introduced the Healthy California Act, which would guarantee health insurance for all of our 38 million residents!(1)
This is a game changer — health care for all would keep insurance companies honest, contain rising healthcare costs, and, most importantly, save lives. If it passes here, we’ll set an example that will spread to other states.
Passing this bill won’t be easy. An army of health care industry lobbyists will use every dirty trick in the book to try to stop any threats to their employers’ bottom line. We can’t win without you — your voice and your energy — helping to power the fight.
That’s why we’re inviting you to join us and the California Nurses Association TOMORROW, Thursday February 23 at 6pm PT for a strategy call.
Please join us to learn more about the Healthy California Act and how you can get involved. Click here to RSVP for the call.
For years, Republicans have called for the death of the Affordable Care Act, with no meaningful plan to replace it. Now that they control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, they have the tools needed to gut the law, putting health care for millions of Americans in jeopardy.
Protecting the Affordable Care Act must be our first priority. But for the first time, California could have the political will to provide a real public option that could bring a long-term solution to America’s healthcare crisis. And that solution is a health care plan that works for all: a single-payer system.
Under single-payer, California would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others. Every resident would be covered and have more choice. Health care funds would be pooled in a publicly run fund, using the bargaining power of California’s global economy. And if all goes as planned, prescription drug costs would be managed, and out-of-control co-pays and high deductibles would disappear.
Click here to RSVP for the single-payer campaign call this Thursday at 6pm PT.
Lorrie, this is not the first time California has tried to make single-payer a reality. Our state legislature passed a single-payer bill in 2006, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was passed and vetoed again in 2008.
This time around, the energy and moment is there. With the health of millions at risk, California has the chance to both protect all of its residents and model what is possible to the rest of the nation. It’s an incredible opportunity. The power to capitalize on this opportunity is in your hands. Together, we can resist the Republican attacks on health care reform just like we’ve resisted Trump’s Muslim ban and immigration policies.
Join the Healthy California campaign call this this Thursday at 6pm PT and hear more about the bill and how you can join the fight.
Thank you for joining the fight for health care for all!
Tim, along with Annie, Brenna, Caitlin, Eddie, Emma, Kelsey, Lindsay, Raquel, Scottie, and William (the Courage team).