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Health care for all

There is an answer to the health-care question, “Who can help uninsured the most?” which headed the Other Voices piece on Aug. 20. The answer is, “We can.” That is, we, the residents of California can do it for ourselves; then, as happens so often, the rest of the nation will follow.

On June 22, California Senate Bill 921, the Healthcare for All Californians Act, passed out of committee by the surprising margin of 12 to 5. Simply put, the bill proposes a single payer system that will reduce to 5 percent the one-third of every health-care dollar that goes to cover the costs of administering today’s broken system. Attacks will label it “socialized medicine,” which it is not.

Knowing full well that the corporate health-care industry will mount an immense effort to trash this bill, strategy to enact it is crafted to steadily increase support coming from grassroots levels. There are some 500 organizations within California and many thousands of individual voters endorsing the bill (locally, leafleters for the bill outside the Grower’s Market heard many sad tales – premiums skyrocketing, coverage inadequate, jobs lost, also insurance, etc.).



More information? http://www.healthcareforall.org or 888-442-4255.

Terry Fieldhouse




Nevada City


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