For the 8th year in a row, healthcare reform activists from all over the state gathered in Sacramento and Los Angeles to support the annual CaHPSA Lobby Day March and Rally. Health professional students from college campuses all over California come to Sacramento every winter to lobby their legislative representatives for a single payer healthcare system.
Nurses, doctors, and activists started the day by marching into the California Association of Health Plans, and serving them with an Eviction Notice, demanding they remove themselves from our healthcare system: “health insurance rates are going up five times faster than wages, and you do nothing to control the cost of care”, said Cathy Kennedy, RN at Kaiser Roseville.
The CaHPSA students’ march up Capitol Avenue was lively, and hundreds of CHC supporters were at the North Steps to greet them when they arrived. The students spoke in support of a healthcare system where there are “No Strings Attached” for their patients so they can practice freely and give their patients the care they need.
Sue Eustice, a retired member of the California School Employees Association spoke about the recent death of her son Jim because he did not have health insurance. “I can’t do anything to bring my son back, but I want to do everything I can to keep this from happening to another mother”.
A coordinated action took place in Los Angeles headed up by CHC Regional Coordinator, Georgia Brewer. Reform activists led a lively march from Pershing Square to protest the Axis of Evil, Anthem Blue Cross. Billionaires for Wealthcare attended to secure that they would continue to make billions in profits by denying patient care.
Please also enjoy the slideshow in our previous post!