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Nurses Have a Message for Congress - We Won’t Accept Lord of the Flies Health Care

Nurses Have a Message for Congress - We Won’t Accept Lord of the Flies Health Care

As scores of red clad registered nurses stride through the halls of Congressional office buildings this week, they’ll have some other people on their minds. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 05/09/17 More »

After Cruel Trumpcare Vote, Sanders Calls on California to Lead Nation on Single Payer

After Cruel Trumpcare Vote, Sanders Calls on California to Lead Nation on Single Payer

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. —by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 05/08/17 More »

Will California’s surge of liberal activism pull legislators to the left?

Will California’s surge of liberal activism pull legislators to the left?

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. —By Melanie Mason, LA Times, 05/08/17 More »

‘The Time is Golden and Now’: Single-Payer Bill Advances in California

‘The Time is Golden and Now’: Single-Payer Bill Advances in California

As Healthy California Act clears first hurdle, advocates say "here's to making it national". —By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 04/27/17 More »

California single-payer healthcare bill passes first committee test

California single-payer healthcare bill passes first committee test

A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate for a single-payer system. —Melanie Mason, The Los Angeles Times, 04/27/17 More »

How a group of California nurses is looking beyond health care to help patients

How a group of California nurses is looking beyond health care to help patients

“The CNA’s goals are pretty simple,” Angie said. “We advocate for working conditions and government policies that keep people healthy.” —By Kristine Johnson, SanLuisObispo.com / The Tribune, 04/25/17 More »

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

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. —By Deborah Burger writing for Common Dreams, 04/25/17 More »

California Nurses Association: ‘We have to push our governor’ on single-payer healthcare

California Nurses Association: ‘We have to push our governor’ on single-payer healthcare

Cathy Kennedy of the California Nurses Association says the group will continue to argue for single-payer health care, regardless of who is governor. —Angela Hart, The Sacramento Bee, 04/11/17 More »

Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

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. —Ricardo Lara writing for LA Progressive, 04/10/17 More »

Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

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. —Michael Todd, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 04/03/17 More »

Lara Announces Details on Single-Payer Health Care System for All Californians

Lara Announces Details on Single-Payer Health Care System for All Californians

Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, released policy details about a plan to create a single-payer health care system for all California residents on Thursday. —Taryn Luna, The Sacramento Bee, 03/30/17 More »

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

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. —Michael Lighty writing for Center of Health Journalism, 03/17/17 More »

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

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. —Deborah Burger writing for The Sacramento Bee, 03/06/17 More »

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/17/17 More »

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/13/17 More »

Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a better idea – Medicare for all

Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a better idea – Medicare for all

Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda. Repeal of the ACA will not curb the persistent, systemic inequities of our profit-focused healthcare system. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 12/05/16 More »

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined. —Alexia Fernández Campbell writing for The Atlantic, 12/05/16 More »

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

There’s a heartbreak to any patient’s cancer diagnosis. So imagine watching my recent patient fight through treatment, knowing that when she exited the hospital, onto San Francisco’s streets, her health would simply unravel because she has no home, no shelter, nowhere to go. —Maureen Dugan, San Francisco Examiner, 10/21/16 More »

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Prescription drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world — by far. Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and spark a national movement to end this price-gouging. —Senator Bernie Sanders, writing in the LA Times, 10/21/16 More »

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

If you want to know why we should pass Proposition 61 to lower prescription drug prices, ask a nurse. I can tell you the story of a young man in his late 40s living on a fixed income, working two jobs, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure. This one medication was going to cost him over $400 a month. —Amy Arlund, RN writing for The Fresno Bee, 10/19/16 More »

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