The following post is from Dr. Irma Strantz with a important update on California’s SB810, a state bill that would allow a single payer healthcare system in California. The new federal law passed in March allows states to implement a single payer system. But the fight is not yet over.
This would eliminate the cruel unjust practices of California insurance companies in who continue to deny healthcare to people for the sake of profit, resulting in poor public health and even death to those who lack adequate health care, unlike every other modern industrialize nation in the world.
Have you heard that SB 810 passed by a vote of 13 to 6 on June 29th in the Assembly Health Committee? The hearing lasted about an hour, with Senator Leno providing a strong defense for it’s passage and Health Committee Chair William Monning thanking him for keeping this healthcare reform vehicle alive, stating that it is “as timely as it has ever been”. Among the “in-person supporters” who lined up and briefly testified were representatives from California Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health Program – California, Health Care for All – California, League of Women Voters – California, California School Employees Association, California Teachers Association and California Labor Federation. The landmark health care reform legislation, previously vetoed twice by Governor Schwarzenegger, now proceeds to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a hearing and vote in July or early August. Pending a successful Appropriations Committee vote, the bill will be heard by the full Assembly and if approved, will go to the Governor for signature. That may happen in September.
Now what we need to do is write our Assembly members on the Appropriations Committee and urge their YES votes for SB810. When the Assembly Health Committee staff summarized the bill, they showed more than 300 letters of support received from organizations and individuals throughout California! Our letters make a strong statement, and thank you for taking the time to send one! The Chair of the Appropriations Committee is Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes. Local Assemblymembers Charles Calderon and Mike Gatto sit on that Committee and they should hear from us as well.
The mailing address for each of these three Committee members is: PO Box 942849, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 94249-0058. For emails, you can use Assemblymember.Fuentes@assembly.ca.gov and then substitute the name for each of the others (i.e. Calderon, Gatto).
Thank you for your continuing efforts in support of SB810!