The California Nurses Association is holding a day of action calling for guaranteed health care for all people in California
Nurses and organizers are demanding that the state pass the California Guaranteed Healthcare for All Act (AB 1400) in 15 cities across the state.
California – On Saturday, January 8th, California Nurses Association nurses are organizing a day of action to call for the state to adopt the California Guaranteed Healthcare for All Act (AB 1400). Caravans in 15 cities across the state will participate in the day of action. You can find a full list of the action days here.
With 3.2 million people in California without health insurance and nearly 12 million unable to get their insurance due to costly co-payments or deductibles, the only way to ensure care for everyone is through a deposit system. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown ruptures in our for-profit healthcare system.
“As nurses, we’ve seen patients delayed or denied because they couldn’t afford it,” said Cathy Kennedy, RN and president of the California Nurses Association. “This for-profit health system cost lives to fill some health insurance executives with their pockets. This latest Covid-19 surge 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 payer healthcare system in California similar to a federal version of Medicare for All. The program would be funded through a single, public program, rather than the fragmented patchwork system that California currently has. This system would have enormous cost savings through reduced bureaucracy.
Within the hospital system, nurses have been marginalized, reused PPE, and admitted more patients in order to maximize profits during a global health crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the moral bankruptcy and unwillingness of the for-profit health system, causing great suffering for both health workers and patients, and highlighting the urgent need for a pay-in health system.
The day of action faces a critical hearing in the Assembly’s Health Committee at AB 1400 on Tuesday January 11th. When the bill passes the Assembly’s Health Committee, it will be sent to the Budget Committee, where it must be heard before January 21st before going to the Assembly to vote. A recent survey found that CalCare is supported by over 65 percent of Californians.
CNA / NNU is the largest and fastest growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the country with 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities across California and more than 175,000 nurses across the country.