SB 840. This is our future, our kids’ future.

SB 840, Senator Sheila Kuehl’s great single-payer healthcare bill for California, just passed again.  Now it goes to the Governor’s desk and he’ll probably veto it like he did in 2006, but we should all call him anyway and ask him to sign it.  916-445-2841, between 9 and 5.  I’ve written about this a lot, here, and more recently an OC Register article here, which led to an argument with Jubal and his rightie pals here.  (And yes I still owe d’Anconia an essay on countries which have successfully achieved universal healthcare without “rationing,” he doesn’t believe there are any, let alone lots.)

Hey Governor!  Don’t be the insurance companies’ Girly Man!

This is a long-term struggle, it probably won’t happen this year, but the more people are educated the less they’ll fall for insurance and pharmaceutical scare propaganda, and eventually we may win this as an initiative.  SB 840 is better than Conyer’s national single-payer bill HR 676 because it allows doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers etc. to still be private, competetive, profit-making entities.  The only thing “socialized” about it is the insurance.  And it’s been shown that with SB 840 we would save 8 billion a year insuring ALL Californians with high-quality comprehensive care – by eliminating the for-profit health insurance industry, bargaining down pharmaceutical prices with our state’s vast bulk purchasing power, and emphasis on preventive care.  2200 Californians die each year due to not being covered, and 200,000 Californians are driven into bankruptcy by their medical expenses – most of them having had insurance (but insufficient) when they got sick!

One other thing, the bill that Arnold will be signing does not have a funding component so it will technically cost nothing – it will just create a “blue-ribbon panel” to work out the best most equitable way of funding the system.  So he really can’t use the current budget crisis (which won’t last forever) as an excuse. 

Here’s the cool ad we’re putting in the Sacramento Bee:

I don’t know, the illustrated letters I mailed and faxed to Arnold every day from Sept 1, 2006 to Sept 18 when he vetoed it were better and funnier:  http://www.vernnelson.com/HealthCal/Arnold01.html

Final instructions from my fearless leader Andrew McGuire:

California’s historic Senate Bill 840 legislation is NOW GOING to Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk.  To get the governor’s attention and

to break thru the media clutter and noise, we are launching a OneCareNow Newspaper Ad Campaign, starting in Sacramento.

THANKS to your generous donations, we’ve scheduled a LARGER Ad  in the Sacramento Bee on September 8. See the ad full size

 We’ve made it easy for you to take ACTION NOW:
1. CALL THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, 9:00AM TO 5:00PM AT (916) 445 2841

2. EMAIL AND FAX THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

3. ATTEND THE SACRAMENTO COALITION RALLY SEPTEMBER 8.

4. SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL MEDIA

5. DONATE TO HELP US RUN MORE ADS – IN NEWSPAPERS AND ONLINE.

6. TELL A FRIEND TO GET ON BOARD

NOW IS THE TIME TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNOR and help us crack the virtual media embargo on SB 840, “single payer” and our historic grass roots movement.

 Thanks so much.

Andrew McGuire
Executive Director, Health Care for All–California

 

Urge your local representatives to support SB 840


About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist/composer in Orange County, and official political troubadour of Anaheim and most other OC towns. Regularly makes solo performances, sometimes with his savage-jazz band The Vern Nelson Problem. Reach at vernpnelson@gmail.com, or 714-235-VERN.