Health Care for America Now!
Los Angeles & San Francisco
On the morning of July 8th at the Los Angeles County Hospital and on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall, a coalition of labor and community organizations gathered to say, “We need Health Care for America Now!” Led by the California Partnership, Health Access, and California ACORN, and joined by the California Labor Federation, AFSCME Counsil 36, Planned Parenthood and SEIU, and other labor and community members announced the official launch of Health Care for America Now!
Health Care for America Now is a coalition of organizations with a bold new vision for health care that would give Americans more choice, better quality and more affordable heath care for everyone.
In LA 40 people gathered to listen to show their support for change in our health care system. “This is the year that America decides”, said Nancy Berlin, Director of the California Partnership. “In 2009, we will either have a guarantee of quality, affordable health care we can all count on or we will continue to be at the mercy of the private health insurance industry. In our vision, people have a choice …”
Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi who was also former California State Insurance Commissioner, joined the Los Angeles event, and remarked. “Clearly we must establish a different health insurance system.” Garamendi shared his thoughts on the health insurance industry, calling it “a monumental rip-off .” The Lieutenant Governor also stated that our health care system must be the priority for the next President.
Garamendi demonstrated his commitment to the campaign by signing the “Which Side Are You On? Pledge. The Pledge is a statement of support for comprehensive, quality, affordable health care, and is an opportunity for our congress representatives to show their support by signing the commitment form.
Another press conference took place on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall that drew over 50 community members, doctors and health care advocates. Mayor Newsom headlined and declared that: “"It's a uniting issue. We're all in this together," and adding that the issue crosses party lines.
The campaign was launched in 52 other cities across the nation and has committed over $40million to bringing about a national discussion around health care reform. One hundred organizers will be committed to the campaign to hold Congress and the next president accountable to these discussions. Being the largest state with the most Congressional seats and the home to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, California holds a key responsibility to be a leader in this debate and the launch of the campaign in Los Angeles and San Francisco is only the beginning!