One person's quest for information about the American Health Care System
Usually, a high-powered insurance company lobbyist in Washington, DC takes a long, luxurious August vacation – but not this year. This year the lobbyists have turned their sights to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in a blatant attempt to hijack reform. We have to stop them.
Call California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today. Tell him you support tough regulations that make health care affordable and hold the insurance companies accountable.
Steve Poizner – 1-800-927-4357
The above is from Health Care for America Now. Please call Commissioner Steve Poizner and urge him to stand up to lobbyists.
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My last post was about an upcoming rally for Single Payer on Monday the 11th in Sacramento. I didn’t think the rally or single payer would get much coverage from the mainstream media. I was right. However, the progressive blog site Daily Kos: State of the Nation featured the rally and it became the number 1 blog on the site. That is great news. The rally was documented by Shockwave; please read his dairy of the day, The Future of Health Care Reform Came to Sacramento.
Points of interest;
* Senator Mark Leno speaking about Single Payer and SB810.
Health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few, but a basic fundamental human right.
* The Republican Senator Dave Cox debating with a group of medical students over the merits of SB810.
He started his own argument against SB 810 by saying that Single Payer is “crazy” because it cannot be afforded. He said that Medi-Cal was broke and so were the health care systems of all countries that had Single Payer.
To watch a summary of the day please do so at Single Payer Rally
There are many who think that if one state can get Single Payer passed the other 49 states will hastily follow. I am with that particular mind set and the sooner the better.
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If you’re unfamiliar with Single Payer, please scroll down to the post on November 5, 2009–Single Payer For California.
Join the March, Rally & Lobby Day in Sacramento This Monday, January 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
In California’s first health care reform action of the New Year, the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA), supporters of single payer SB 810 (Leno), are staging a public March, Rally and Lobby Day this Monday, January 11th, 11AM to 1:00PM in Sacramento. Our historic legislation for true single payer reform in California is expected to be moved from the Appropriations Committee next week or soon thereafter, enroute to passage in the Legislature later this year.
This Rally is co-sponsored by many coaltion organizations including Health Care for All-California and our CaliforniaOneCare campaign.
Please pass along this flier to your friends. If you have questions, today you can email CaPA.Fellow@PNHP.org or Rally Day organizing team leader Candice Rugg.
10:45 – 11:00 Gather for march outside Embassy Suites Hotel
11:00 – 12:00 March through Downtown Sacramento to CA Capitol Building Rally
12:00 - 1:00 Giant Rally on north steps of California Capitol Building
BUS SPACES STILL AVAILABLE–CALL TODAY.
California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) and other coalition organizations are sponsoring buses from several locations in Northern CA. Bus riders will get a box lunch on the way home. Donations will be accepted to help cover costs. Call to reserve a seat on a bus/ carpool from one of these cities and get pick up times and locations.
Berkeley/Richmond/Vallejo: Call 415-550-0828
Rocklin / Placer: Call 916-435-9760
San Francisco: Call 415-810-5826
San Jose: Call 408-984-8708
Stockton: Call 209-951-0499
URGE YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT (OR CO-AUTHOR) SB 810.
There are 40 Senators. We need 21 votes to pass. There are 15 Co-authors. That means we need 6 votes out of the following 10 Democrats.
Calderon, Ron District 30 (916) 651-4030 Previous Yes
Correa, Louis District 34 (916) 651-4034 Previous Yes
Ducheny, Denise District 40 (916) 651-4040 Previous Yes
Kehoe, Christine District 39 (916) 651-4039 Previous Yes
Liu, Carol District 21 (916) 651-4021 Previous Yes
Negrete McLeod, Gloria District 32 (916) 651-4032 Previous Yes
Oropeza, Jenny District 28 (916) 651-4028 Previous Co-author
Simitian, S. Joseph District 11 (916) 651-4011 Previous Yes
Wolk, Lois District 05 (916) 651-4005 Previous Yes
Wright, Rod District 25 (916) 651-4025 NO
DONATE TO GET SINGLE PAYER, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN CALIFORNIA. Please support the California OneCare 365 Ad Campaign. Help us produce a new thirty-second ad supporting single-payer health care on websites and television throughout California every day for one year. Click here to donate.
Ok so the following post I did not write, but copied from the group Health Care For America Now. If you can attend please do so, this is a great organization committed to informing the American public how insurance companies are getting away with murder. Ok that may have sounded a little on the dramatic side, but you know what I mean.
Last week, all over the country, people like you said Big Insurance: Sick of It at events that called on insurance companies to stop mistreating Americans and standing in the way of health care reform.
On Tuesday, we are going to escalate our actions against Anthem Blue Cross and other insurance companies that are denying Americans both good health care and real reform that includes a public health insurance plan.
Join us as we declare Anthem Blue Cross a crime scene!
It’s no secret that WellPoint Inc. and its California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, care more about widening their profit margins than meeting the needs of their patients. For too long now, these private insurance companies and their executives have been lining their pockets (at exceeding rates) while health premiums continue to rise three times faster than our wages! Even worse – WellPoint and its subsidiary have also been engaged in an aggressive campaign effort to derail national health reform
BIG INSURANCE CRIMES:
It’s a crime that insurance companies
- Rack up profits by denying patients treatment even when doctors recommend it!
- Discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions!
- Keep premiums and out of pocket costs high so that care is unaffordable even for those who have insurance!
- Rescind coverage for patients when they need it most – when they become sick!
It’s a crime that 64% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical debt.
It’s a crime that every 12 minutes someone dies because they can’t afford the escalating cost of health insurance.
That’s why on Tuesday October 6th we’re rallying in support for real national health reform and exposing those guilty of lining their pockets while the people of California suffer. You already know that 7 million of our fellow citizens across this state currently lack health insurance – and millions upon millions more are plagued with inadequate health insurance.
Enough is enough! It’s time to hold insurance companies accountable for their crimes.
In San Francisco
11:30 AM at 1 Market Street near Embarcadero Ctr.
Contact: Patrick, firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-853-3888
In Los Angeles
11:00 AM at 801 S. Figueroa
Contact: Angela, email@example.com or 213-413-3587
12 noon at 1121 L Street
Contact: Zak, firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-813-6658
In Santa Ana
11:30 AM at 3100 Lake Center Drive
Contact: Marisol, email@example.com
In San Diego
12 noon at 3655 Nobel Drive, # 250
Contact: Sandra, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time for Congress to take our side. We need good health care we can afford with the choice of a public health