Health Care for All Rally

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Health Care for All Rally
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By Robert Bernstein

Nearly 3 million Californians do not have health insurance today. This, even with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) being passed 11 years ago.

California Assembly Bill 1400 would solve this problem once and for all. It would create a true universal health care system in California. A system that would cost less than our current broken system, yet it would cover everyone.

This past weekend a rally and march was held by Health Care for All and other organizations to support this bill. Notably, the purpose of the rally was to ask people to contact our California State Senator Monique Limon and our California Assembly Member Steve Bennett to ask them to fight to pass this bill.

Here are my photos and videos of this event.

Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo was the keynote speaker at the event. Here is her speech along with comments by event organizer John Enrico Douglas:

News Channel 3/12 reporter Ryan Fish was on hand to cover the event for local television.

Here you can watch their story:

The group gathered in front of the Courthouse as Douglas prepared people for the march:

Here the marchers left the Courthouse. In the lead was UCSB organizer Taylor Clark who explained that universal health care is a matter of basic justice. His banner simply consisted of this quote from Dr Martin Luther King:

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

The marchers gathered in front of the office of Assembly Member Steve Bennett:

This poster explains what the bill is up against: The powerful and profitable health insurance industry. An industry with an overhead of 20-25% that pays its executives millions a year. And profits by denying care to those in need.

The march continued down State Street

As curious street side diners looked on.

The group continued over to the offices of State Senator Monique Limon.

The couple on the right in this photo are Bill and Carole Marks. They started working on this issue in 1994 when Proposition 186 was on the ballot. That would have done universal health care, but was faced with an onslaught of insurance industry disinformation advertising. I was also involved in that effort. A lot has been learned over the years since then. Including a pandemic which shows how broken our current system still is.

Here is the official full text of the bill AB1400. The opening page gives a Legislative Digest summary explanation of what the bill does and how it will work.

And here is information from the organization Health Care for All California of how to get involved in supporting this bill:

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PitMix Apr 21, 2021 10:43 AM
Health Care for All Rally

VOR, you are really saying that a State government should take on the national problem of health care? Like CA has billions of $ just lying around to use for this purpose? Your proposal just doesn't seem realistic. Maybe provide some numbers so we can see that this is practical.

Voice of Reason Apr 21, 2021 11:15 AM
Health Care for All Rally

If there was a will, they would find a way. As much as they say there is the will, once elected there is no will, not at the state level, not at the federal level. They are too dependent the money and support of Big Pharma and the Health Insurance Industry.

UCSB98 Apr 21, 2021 05:11 PM
Health Care for All Rally

When you do the math, universal healthcare actually ends up costing the people less... Just like when saskatchewan was the first canadian province to start universal healthcare in Canada, California can lead this nation. If Canada can do it, why can't we? If Australia can do it, why can't we? If Japan, Singapore and south Korea can do it, why can't we? If all the counties in Europe can do it, so why can't we??

Chip of SB Apr 21, 2021 09:49 AM
Health Care for All Rally

The elephant in the room is the cost of healthcare and health insurance. We should be asking why it is so expensive, not how to pay for it or who should pay for it. Healthcare costs have been increasing at about 10% per year. This exponential growth is unsustainable and something has to give. Why can’t a hospital give you a quote for a procedure? Why do different people have to pay different amounts for the same drug or service? Why has “health insurance” become little more than a protection racket instead of a low cost way to protect against a catastrophic or unforeseen event? The answer is that our healthcare system and the entities that are supposed to regulate it are corrupt. The insurance and healthcare industries have achieved total regulatory capture and engage in egregious anti-competitive business practices, all in violation of 15 usc chapter 1, with impunity. As a result, healthcare costs now consume close to 50% of the federal budget and are rising rapidly. Healthcare costs are also rising rapidly for employers, which means employees take home less and less of what their employer spends on them. The insurance and healthcare industries are literally sucking the life out of our economy. The solution is to bring the costs under control. Unless we do that, we will all suffer regardless of who is forced to foot the bill.

UCSB98 Apr 21, 2021 05:06 PM
Health Care for All Rally

We can't reduce cost until we have a single payer or universal care available to all... The single payer will take negotiating power away from pharmaceuticals and providing universal care to all allows people to go to their doctors regularity to avoid sudden big health problems that can be diagnosed and treated sooner


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