What the New York Times won't tell you: Huge rally in Sacramento in support of single payer universal health care

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From California OneCareNow, Campaign for single payer bill SB810

The campaign for single payer health care reform in California got a “shot in the arm” in Sacramento Monday and a report about it became the top recommended blog on Daily Kos. Busloads of California Health Professional Student Alliance members–medical, nursing, public health and allied health students–marched to the Capitol steps  and joined a crowd of about a thousand supporters for a raucous rally for single payer. Blogger “Shockwave” attended the rally and posted his report about it on Daily Kos yesterday morning. It quickly become the #1 recommended blog on the influential progressive website. Read his report on Daily Kos, “Shockwave” is a Health Care for All-California member and a California OneCare supporter.

The video featured in the blog was created by California OneCare Campaign Co-Chair, Don Schroeder. The video is available on YouTube.

Featured speaker at the rally was Senator Mark Leno, principle author of SB 810, the California Universal Health Care Act that will begin its way through the legislature later this month. The bill, dubbed California OneCare, has passed twice before, only to be vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. It is expected to pass again by late summer. One goal of the California OneCare Campaign is to make sure the governor signs it this time. If he doesn’t, the goal is to override a veto with a two-thirds “healthy majority” in the legislature next year.

The event organizer and MC was JB Fenix, California Physicians’ Alliance Fellow, who was joined at the podium by Chris Scannell from the USC Medical School, and Lea Rosemurgy from the UCSF School of Nursing. Additional speakers at the rally included Deborah Burger, RN, Co-President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, James Kahn, MD, President of the California Physicians’ Alliance, Allan Clark, Alliance President of the California School Employees Association, Nan Brasmer, President, California Alliance of Retired Americans, and Andrew McGuire, Executive Director of Health Care for All-Calfifornia and the California OneCare Campaign.

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