Join the Parade for Healthcare Justice at the 2014 Doo Dah Parade, Nov. 15

November 12th, 2014 by Sylvia Moore Leave a reply »

For Profit Insurance Leaving you Hangin’ in the Wind?
JOIN THE PARADE for HEALTHCARE JUSTICE!
HCA-LA, HCA-SFV, HCA-SGV, CaHPSA, PNHP, California One Care and friends of SINGLE PAYER
are all MARCHING in the DOO DAH PARADE
SATURDAY NOV 15th @ 10 am in Pasadena. Details below

Leaflet the crowd, carry a sign, wear a costume, or just show up to march for Healthcare as a Human Right.

PLEASE JOIN US to INFORM the PUBLIC about our movement to “Finish the Job” and bring a quality, universally equal accessible and affordable, Healthcare System to Everyone.

Don’t worry about entrance fee…just show up!
Doo Dah has received 6 scholarships from the AllCare Alliance.  HCA-SGV generously donated 10 more scholarships.

Meet at the corner of Vinedo and Nina in Pasadena : https://goo.gl/maps/ix9DV
CARPOOLS: All Areas Contact info@hca-sfv.org. West of LA  area/ Near the 10 freeway

DooDah

The costumes are set! $10 to march, but we can cover the cost for some if it’s a hardship – first come first served!

We will be carpooling from the Valley and all over LA. Let us know if you want to carpool at info@hca-sfv.org.

Our marching group will have “patients” wearing hospital gowns and fake buttocks hanging because for-profit insurance leaves you exposed and vulnerable!

Behind the “patients” will be members of HCA, PNHP, CaHPSA, League of Women Voters, faith groups and more with t-shirts and signs showing how Single Payer is all about FULL COVERAGE FOR EVERYONE!

SPREAD THE WORD! Forward this email to your friends and family, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and like, comment, share, and retweet our posts about this event.

When it comes to handling public health crises, is our for-profit system up to the task?

October 7th, 2014 by Sylvia Moore Leave a reply »

As the Ebola pandemic in west Africa dominates news headlines here in the United States, the question is whether this country can adequately deal with such a public health emergency. Already, there are troubling signs. In a for-profit healthcare system such as ours, the value of actual health care is diminished. Salon Magazine hits the nail on the head:

Our own healthcare infrastructure, despite the best efforts of the Affordable Care Act, is fragmented, privatized, and all too often simply not up to the challenge. It crumbles under our own disasters: in New York after Hurricane Sandy, nurses famously had to carry newborns on respirators down nine flights of stairs to evacuate when NYU Langone hospital flooded, and other nurses went door-to-door to find sick patients in neighborhoods without power or transportation. Hospitals are closing, governors refusing to expand Medicaid, doctors loaded with student debt going into lucrative specialties instead of primary care. If we don’t value healthcare at home, how are we supposed to help provide it abroad?

Read the rest of the article here.

The Affordable Care Act granted more Americans the ability to buy health insurance, but many are still left out and finding it difficult to get care. That leaves our healthcare infrastructure still vulnerable, precisely because we do not have a uniform system of healthcare access.

Sylvia@californiaonecare.org

News from the Frontline

September 4th, 2014 by Andrew McGuire Leave a reply »

Dear Friends,

You are the most important resource in the effort to win healthcare equality and justice. You understand this complex issue and, most importantly, you care. You care about inclusion, affordability, efficiency and equality. And so you, like us, are most likely feeling disappointed about reform thus far.

Now that the ACA implementation has matured, we clearly see that the fractured and cruel nature of the American health care “scheme” continues unabated.

Dramatic inequality in cost, access and outcomes remain, while billions of our tax dollars are transferred from the US Treasury to the private health insurance industry. And what are those tax dollars going to pay for? Obscene CEO salaries and high-priced private boxes at stadiums are just the most visible of the irresponsible mis-allocation of our healthcare dollars.

In response, COC is now providing administrative support for a broad-based alliance of organizations – international, national, regional, state and local – that support a Waiver for State Innovation to implement single payer in California. There are nearly 100 organizations in the Alliance. Contact georgia@allcarealliance.org to join or for more information.

In addition, COC is laying the groundwork for an integrated socal media campaign to build netroots support for a transformational change in healthcare financing. We can overcome our movement’s generational barrier by strategically adopting social media and connecting the dots for the “new economy” which the Millennials face: a contract, part-time and temporary workforce without benefits.

Just as importantly, COC continues to develop the financial resources for the political analysis. Without more and better information, polling, message testing and analysis, we will falter. This is not inexpensive and it has the least funding of any of our projects. Your generous donation – especially a monthly pledge – will make a meaningful difference. Click Donate and help us win single payer!

Latest (Not so Greatest) News:

BLUE SHIELD PURCHASES EXECUTIVE SKY BOX AT LEVI STADIUM
If you think this is an outrageous way to spend our healthcare dollar, sign a letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris demanding she invoke a “charitable trust” on their assets. read more

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS HIT WITH CLASS ACTION SUIT: INADEQUATE NETWORKS!
Narrow networks are a proven money-maker for health insurers. But, tragically, they limit care for California families. We all deserve the chance to consult the physician of our choice, no matter what! read more

HATE PRICE GOUGING? CHECK OUT SB45, INSURANCE RATE REGULATION!
Nearly every other line of consumer insurance has rate regulation in California. But the health insurance companies have rigged the political system so they can cheat! read more

HEALTH INSURANCE CEOS JOIN THE .0001%
2014 saw health insurance CEOs win spectacular raises in the millions of dollars with subsidies from the US Treasury bolstering their profits. read more

We are pleased to announce that News from the Frontline will be a monthly newsletter, with the goal of keeping you informed about what’s happening in California’s health industry and about activities around the state that advance single payer. Thank you for your continuing support for healthcare justice. You really are our most importance resource.

Sincerely,

Andrew McGuire
Executive Director, California OneCare

2014 National Strategy Conference for Single Payer

August 26th, 2014 by Sylvia Moore Leave a reply »

By Don McCanne
August 25, 2014

This weekend numerous organizations dedicated to single payer reform assembled in Oakland, California for the 2014 National Strategy Conference. Participating organizations included Healthcare NOW!, Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, One Payer States, National Nurses United, Physicians for a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and many others. So what was accomplished?

Above all, just gathering dedicated single payer supporters together in a single weekend meeting provided renewed energy and passion amongst the attendees, confirming that the single payer movement is not only still alive, it is thriving. We have a future.

Did we develop a national strategy that will culminate in enactment of single payer reform with the installation of a new government after the 2016 elections? Well, not exactly, but nobody expected that. What we did accomplish was the sharing of ideas on strategy, policy, politics, single payer education, state and federal legislation, and innumerable other components of a social movement that would lead to single payer.

In both the formal sessions and in informal conversations there was a very broad spectrum of ideas discussed, though not all of the ideas mesh well. And this is from a solid core of single payer activists. But all views were expressed with the intent of advancing health care justice.

Others attending will certainly have different take-home points, but mine was that we each should continue to do what we are doing while helping to open new avenues in advancing the cause. Especially helpful would be efforts to educate others, expand grassroots efforts, and work to form coalitions with other social justice organizations.

There was a consensus that we should not waste time and squander energy by becoming divided over process. We need to direct that energy to making progress towards our goal of a single payer national health program – an improved Medicare for all.

Re-posted with permission from www.pnhp.org.