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Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 1:00 pm, Los Angeles City Hall, South Lawn
Lily Tomlin, SB 840 Advocates, Labor Leaders to Appear

What is anticipated to be LA’s largest-ever health care rally, calling for California leaders to eliminate for-profit health insurance companies and to guarantee universal coverage for all residents, will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2007 on the south lawn of L.A.’s City Hall at First and Spring Streets.

Organized by a new coalition of grassroots, faith and community groups and labor unions, the rally will be the 365th day of a record-setting one-every-day educational program that has been held throughout the state for SB 840 (Kuehl). The Healthcare for All/OneCareNow (HCA/OCN) campaign was launched when the bill, passed by a majority of the California Assembly and Senate last August, was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September, 2006. The August 11 Event will be used to reveal plans for “veto-proofing” the current SB 840 bill which was reintroduced this year by its author, State Senator Sheila Kuehl, and now has 43 co-authors.

The rally, which starts at 1:00 p.m., will begin at the arrival of a procession of “hearses,” which will have proceeded from Santa Monica to City Hall, representing the estimated 50 persons in the U.S. who die because they lack health coverage. The event will include entertainment with Lily Tomlin, live music, celebrity hosts, California reform leaders and victims of the health care crisis. Scheduled speakers include Senator Kuehl, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, Dolores Huerta, Maria Elena Durazo, and Andrew McGuire of the OneCareNow campaign and leaders of the State Strategy Group for SB 840.

Encouraged by the timing of the release and message of Michael Moore’s new film “SiCKO”, that for-profit insurance is the major cause of today’s health care crisis, the Los Angeles event has become the focus of the state-wide campaign, and will be promoted and supported by many groups including the League of Women Voters, California Alliance for Retired Americans, California Physicians’ Alliance, Older Women’s League, American Medical Student Association, California Council of Churches and many other political, health advocacy and community groups.

Organized labor’s support is lead by the California School Employees Association (CSEA), California Federation of Teachers, California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association (now all co-sponsors of SB 840). The United Teachers Los Angeles, Calfornia Faculty Association, California Faculty Association and the Labor Task Force for SB840 will all be supporting the rally.

The Great LA Health Care Rally Steering Committee is co-chaired by Jim Hilfenhaus (Laborers’ Local 300), Jose Morales (CSEA) and George Savage (HCA/OCN).

SiCKO is scaring the pants off the health care establishment and the right wing, and rightly so. This movie tells the ugly truth about the current American health care system and from here, it looks like the first deadly shot in what is going to be a nasty war of “We, The People” against the obscenely profitable health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Michael, on behalf of the American People, and the 18,000 who needlessly die each year for lack of health care, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS FILM.


“What kind of a society are we when we can’t even render aid to someone who’s in their own blood and vomit on the floor and you’re mopping around them? It’s a kind of morality tale of a society gone cold.”

THIS STORY should be shown to every legislator, every person who says
“America has the best health care system in the world”.

😦 Sigh

With over 46 million uninsured, why can’t the government step in and sell us affordable health insurance policies?

It should be illegal to allow these private insurance companies put our very lives and property at risk because we may need medical care.

Where are the people who have slipped through the cracks supposed to get care?!?!???

Our system is insane and DANGEROUS!

(1) A Second Opinion: Rescuing America’s Health Care by Dr. Arnold Relman

“The U.S. healthcare system is failing. It is run like a business, increasingly focused on generating income for insurers and providers rather than providing care for patients. It is supported by investors and private markets seeking to grow revenue and resist regulation, thus contributing to higher costs and lessened public accountability. Meanwhile, forty-six million Americans are without insurance. Health care expenditures are rising at a rate of 7 percent a year, three times the rate of inflation.”

“Dr. Arnold Relman is one of the most respected physicians and healthcare advocates in our country. This book, based on sixty years’ experience in medicine, is a clarion call not just to politicans and patients but to the medical profession to evolve a new structure for healthcare, based on voluntary private contracts between individuals and not-for-profit, multi-specialty groups of physicians. Physicians would be paid mainly by salaries and would submit no bills for their services. All health care facilities would be not-for-profit. The savings from reduced administrative overhead and the elimination of billing fraud would be enormous. Healthcare may be our greatest national problem, but the provocative, sensible arguments in this book will provide a catalyst for change.”


(2) Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price by Jonathan Cohn
See our previous post here.


(3) Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing Our Failing System by Robert H. Lebow

“It is no secret that health care in the United States is managed by a confusing welter of institutions, regulations, corporations and government agencies. Paperwork is rampant at every level, and much time and money are wasted while millions of people go without needed medical attention. For this “system” the U.S. spends about twice as much per capita as most developed countries.”

“In this book Dr. Bob LeBow tackles this monumental issue with clarity and forthrightness. His prescription for our health care quagmire is a national health program which includes universal coverage, as is the case in every other industrialized country.”

(note: above descriptions excerpted from