Medicare’s 50th was a huge success!

With nearly 150 organizations coming together to build for both Los Angeles and Oakland events, as part of over 60 events nationally, the massive turnout of folks made apparent the broad audience of Californians that are mobilized and energized around Medicare for all!

In Oakland, we had over 700 people present, heard from speakers such as CNA RN Martha Kuhl, Dolores Huerta, State Controller Betty Yee, and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, amongst other inspiring and dynamic speakers.  And we can’t forget about our wonderful emcee, Tom Ammiano.

In LA, there was a crowd of over 600 and wonderful speakers such as Sheila Kuehl, CNA’s Deborah Burger, Dr. Paul Song, our LA intern Kathy Herrera and her grandmother, and elected leaders Holly Mitchell, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Curren Price!  The crowd enjoyed music from Lili Haydn, Inner City Dwellers, and the Billionaires for Wealthcare.

Both events were very successful, and alongside the actions across the country, we made a ripple beyond just California!  The day started with Senator Bernie Sanders speaking in Washington DC to Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare for All. As more than 60 events unfolded across the country, the day ended in California where our crowds were excitingly diverse, with younger and older folks and groups from all across the state. This event marks a huge milestone for the Campaign for a Healthy California and our collective vision of protecting Medicare and making it a reality for everyone.

Please check out some amazing pictures here on the CNA Flickr and feel free to share your own as well!
You can also find photos on the CHC Facebook page.

Thanks again for all the hard work! And please contact us to stay informed of future events, campaign activities, and how your organization can join the Campaign for a Healthy California.

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RN Martha Kuhl shares how Medicare helped her parents and family

Join us on July 30th  in Oakland & Los Angeles for our Medicare 50th Anniversary Rallies. Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare. For All!

What do you think is going on with healthcare in America, Martha? from National Nurses United on Vimeo.

We’ve been talking to patients, caregivers, seniors, students, and policy makers about what is going on with healthcare in America. Martha Kuhl, an RN for children with cancer, shares her ideas.

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Donna Smith talks about her struggle fighting cancer without Medicare

Join us on July 30th  in Oakland & Los Angeles for our Medicare 50th Anniversary Rallies. Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare. For All!

What do you think is going on with healthcare in America, Donna? from National Nurses United on Vimeo.

We've been talking to patients, caregivers, seniors, students, and policy makers about what is going on with healthcare in America. Cancer survivor Donna Smith shares her ideas.

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Geri Field tells the tragic story of a young man who died because of the high cost of health care

Join us on July 30th  in Oakland & Los Angeles for our Medicare 50th Anniversary Rallies. Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare. For All!

What do you think is going on with healthcare in America, Geri? from National Nurses United on Vimeo.

We've been talking to patients, caregivers, seniors, students, and policy makers about what is going on with healthcare in America. Healthcare activist Geraldine Field shares her ideas.

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CHC Medicare-for-All Speakers Training Exceeds Expectations

chc-groupThe Campaign for a Healthy California, SEIU 1021, and the California Nurses Association hosted a Medicare-for-All speakers training on Saturday, June 20th–and by all accounts it was a tremendous success. The training was ably conducted by Labor United for Universal Healthcare and was originally intended to have around 40 participants. However, event organizers ended up exceeding their enrollment goals, drawing in many new faces; all committed to building a movement to win universal healthcare! This training greatly contributes to CHC’s capacity to effectively spread the message of Universal Healthcare throughout California by augmenting our existing speakers bureau. As always, speakers requests are welcome and encouraged.

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Single Payer – Medicare for All Speakers Training Class June 20th

Sponsored by SEIU 1021, California Nurses Association, Labor United for Universal Healthcare, and Campaign for a Healthy California.

Saturday, June 20th, 8:30AM-4PM, CNA, 2000 Franklin Street in Oakland (near 19th St. BART)

This event is designed for everyone who wants to advocate for single-payer universal
healthcare (“Medicare for All”), whether speaking at community events, union
meetings, or with the media. The training is for both new and experienced advocates
and will help update knowledge and sharpen skills. The program will include:

  • Federal healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the “Medicare for All”
    model
  • Public-speaking skills, including how to frame the issue and stay “on message”
  • Different techniques for talking to large and small-group meetings, and Responses to
    “challenging questions”

The ACA expands coverage to millions, but leaves for-profit health insurance corporations in control of our healthcare. The ACA falls far short of truly universal coverage. Unions continue bargaining for healthcare while insurance premiums rise four times faster than wages. The ACA will impose taxes on certain negotiated health plans that will greatly disadvantage labor, motivating a serious look at single payer by labor. Middle and low-income families face co-pays and premiums that put real healthcare out of reach, and the undocumented are shut out. The ACA is merely a start, and not an end goal. Let’s keep the gains made by the ACA and use them to build toward Medicare for All.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: $10 fee includes light breakfast and lunch. Registration
space is limited. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/JuneTwenty

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Campaign for a Healthy California Launches our 2015-16 Patient’s Bill of Rights!

We are excited to announce that the Campaign for a Healthy California has finalized our Patient Bill of Rights for the 2015-2016 legislative session! This legislative package features bills that protect patients, improve care, hold insurers and hospitals accountable, and expand access to healthcare. For more information, click here .

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