California Nurses Association Holds Day of Action and Demands Guaranteed Health Care for All People in California

In 15 cities across the state, nurses and organizers are demanding that the state pass the California Guaranteed Healthcare for All Act (AB 1400)

California – On Saturday, January 8, nurses from the California Nurses Association are holding a day of action to demand that the state pass the California Guaranteed Healthcare for All Act (AB 1400). The day of action will involve car caravans in 15 cities across the state. A full list of action day events can be found here.

With 3.2 million people in California without health insurance and nearly 12 million who cannot afford to use their insurance due to costly copays or deductibles, the only way to ensure care for all is via a single-payer system. Additionally, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown fractures in our for-profit healthcare system.

“As nurses, we’ve seen patients get treatment delayed or turned away because they couldn’t afford it,” said Cathy Kennedy, RN and president of the California Nurses Association. “This for-profit health care system has cost lives, all so that a few health insurance executives can line their pockets. This new outbreak of Covid-19 further shows how broken our current system is. California has an opportunity to make history and finally say that health care is a human right. It’s time we passed AB 1400, the California Guaranteed Healthcare for All Act.

CalCare would create a single-payer healthcare system in California, similar to a state-level version of Medicare for All. The program would be funded by a single public program rather than the piecemeal patchwork system that California currently has. This system would achieve huge savings through reduced bureaucracy.

Within the hospital system, nurses have been pushed to the brink, having to reuse PPE and take on more patients to maximize profits during a global health crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the moral bankruptcy and unpreparedness of the for-profit healthcare system, causing major suffering for both healthcare workers and patients and highlighting the critical need for a healthcare system single payer.

The day of action comes ahead of a critical hearing in the Assembly Health Committee on AB 1400 on Tuesday January 11. If the bill passes the Assembly Health Committee, it will head to the Appropriations Committee where it must be heard by January 21, before heading to the Assembly for a vote. A recent poll showed that CalCare has the support of more than 65% of Californians..

CNA/NNU is the nation’s largest and fastest growing union and professional association for registered nurses with 100,000 members at more than 200 facilities across California and more than 175,000 RNs nationwide. national.

Andrew B. Reiter