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We Did It!

Posted on March 30th, 2010 by Patrick Romano in 40 Days to Health Reform, California Needs Reform

WE DID IT! WE MADE HISTORY!

Last Thursday - on the 38th day of our 40 Days to the Finish Line campaign - the House and Senate passed the final health care bill which President Obama will sign into law today! And I’m sending this message to congratulate and thank all of you who helped make it happen!

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it. The work that HCAN-California did to contribute in righting what Dr. Martin Luther King once called “a shocking and inhumane” injustice in our health care system was achieved through the combined effort of our collective advocacy and activism over the past 21 months.

You made history every single day during this historic campaign for health care reform - by signing petitions, knocking on doors, talking to family and friends, telling your health care stories, calling and writing your Members of Congress and joining us across the state for town halls, Congressional visits, marches and rallies.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion in winning legislation that is as important as Social Security, MediCare and Civil Rights. This is your victory and your win! And although our work is far from finished - now is the time for us to celebrate our efforts and the triumph you all achieved.

We have a lot of work to do in the weeks and months ahead - thanking our Members of Congress who stood strong in the face of determined opposition, defending the health care law (yes it’s now a law and not a bill) against attempts at repeal, and to ensure that all of its provisions are properly implemented here in California.

The insurance companies and their allies in Congress have vowed to fight health care reform by every means possible - but we’ll be there to stop them. I will be in touch again soon about what comes next but I want to be clear about one thing…all of this happened because of you!

With sincere gratitude -

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Call your Rep TODAY!

Posted on March 11th, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, Action, California Needs Reform

(from the HCAN-CA ACTION CENTER)

With a possible vote in the House expected to take place as early as next week - we need to make sure every Congressional representative from California knows that we’re counting on them to support health care reform!

Can you take just a few moments to call your Representative and urge him or her to stand strong for health reform?

No matter how much money the private insurance industry spends on lobbyists, anti-health reform propaganda or conferences - they can’t compete with the collective, unified voice of the people!

Click here to get connected to YOUR Representative TODAY!

Or, dial (toll) free 1-877-264-4226 to get connected NOW!

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Join the Citizens’ Posse

Posted on March 2nd, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, California Needs Reform

(From the HCAN-CA Action Center)

The private health insurance industry lobbyist front group, “AHIP,” is heading to DC on March 9. As you probably already know, AHIP has been one of the leading anti-health reform forces in this country, and has been equipped with millions and millions of dollars to crush the hopes and aspirations of the American people to reform our country’s broken health care system.

That’s why HCAN and our partners are deputizing folks all across the country to join the Citizens’ Posse! Together, we’ll hold the private health insurance industry and their high-cost lobbyists accountable for their myriad crimes against Americans’ health.

Click here to learn more and sign up to join the Citizens’ Posse!


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Watch the Bipartisan Health Reform Summit LIVE

Posted on February 24th, 2010 by HCAN California in California Needs Reform, Videos & other Media

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Calif. HMO Rates Skyrocket

Posted on February 23rd, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, California Needs Reform, News

Residents in California are protesting against Anthem Blue Cross, the largest health care provider in the Golden State, which plans to raise rates for many. Ben Tracy reports from Los Angeles.


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40 Days, 40 Nights to Health Reform!

Posted on February 9th, 2010 by HCAN California in Action, California Needs Reform

On Wednesday, February 17th, Health Care for America Now - California and our partners  will be holding events in San Francisco and Los Angeles to officially kick off the 40 Days, 40 Nights to Health Reform campaign - a national day of action to demonstrate mass public support for finishing health care reform by the Easter holiday using the two-step process involving the Senate’s version of the health reform bill in “Reconciliation.”

At this critical juncture, it’s imperative that we let our Members of Congress know that we’re counting on them to finish the job right! We voted for change in 2008, now we need Congress to vote for real health reform.

See below for event details:

San Francisco:
Wednesday, February 17 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Justin Herman Plaza (San Francisco, CA)
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94101

Los Angeles:
Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Anthem Blue Cross Office (Los Angeles, CA)
801 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Click here to RSVP today!

We’re also looking for volunteers to help us get the word out. If you’re interested in lending a hand, click here to learn about phonebanking from home.

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Hundreds Rally to Tell Congress, “Finish Reform Right!”

Posted on January 26th, 2010 by HCAN California in Action, California Needs Reform

On Saturday (Jan. 23), hundreds of supporters joined HCAN-CA and our partners in Los Angeles and San Francisco to remind Members of Congress that more than seven million Californians are still without health insurance, and urge Congressional leaders to finish health reform right.

Thanks to everybody who helped make these events such a huge success. Your actions helped show Congress that the people of California are counting on them to pass real health reform now!

Here’s a glimpse of some of the action that took place on Saturday:

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Make a Call, Make a Difference!

Posted on January 25th, 2010 by HCAN California in Action, California Needs Reform

As we speak, Republicans and high-cost corporate lobbyists of the private insurance industry are doing everything in their power to quash real health reform in this country.

We’ve come too far to let opponents seize this opportunity away from us. That’s why Health Care for America Now - California and our partners are calling on YOU - the determined and unwavering supporters of health reform - to help us remind Members of Congress to finish the job and finish it right.

We know you’re busy. But can you take just a few moments of your time and call your Members of Congress today? Let them know that you’re counting on them to finish health reform right.

It’s time to get it done and get it done right!

Click here to call your Members of Congress and tell them to get it done now.

Simply click on the link above or call (toll-free) 1-877-264-4226 to get connected NOW!

The people of California, more than anywhere else in the country, are in desperate need for health reform that will make health care more affordable and regulate private health insurance industry abuses.

If you know someone who’s ever been denied access to quality care because of a so-called “pre-existing condition,” or couldn’t afford the high-costs of private health insurance - then do it for them! Take just a few minutes of your day and make the call that will make a difference in the lives of millions!

Click here to tell your Members of Congress to FINISH HEALTH REFORM RIGHT!

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Health Care for America Now - CA Reacts to Massachusetts Special Election Results

Posted on January 20th, 2010 by HCAN California in California Needs Reform, Networking, News, Videos & other Media

Throughout CaliforniaHealth Access California, California Partnership and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment as part of Health Care for America Now (HCAN) – the nation’s largest health care campaign – released the following statement after Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s special election for the Senate seat in Massachusetts:

Patrick Romano, State Campaign Director, Health Care for America NOW-CA:

“The need for good, affordable health care for everyone in the nation – and particularly for Californians – is the same today as it was yesterday. People in California still need to know they will be protected from medical bankruptcy, won’t be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and can get good, affordable insurance either through their job or on their own.

Today Californians are more likely to be uninsured, face a higher cost-of-living, are at greater risk to be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and less likely to be offered on-the-job coverage. Health reform would particularly benefit Californians by providing new choices for the uninsured, more security for the underinsured, much needed stability for our safety net, and real savings for our state budget.

Health Care for America Now is committed to winning a guarantee of good, affordable health care we all can count on, and we will continue to push aggressively to get the best health care reform bill possible to the President’s desk for his signature as quickly as possible.

Tuesday’s vote was not a referendum on health care reform. It was a referendum on a particular candidate in a climate in which people, hard pressed by the economy, are impatient for change. It is a statement that reflects voters frustration with the lack of boldness displayed in actually making the changes we voted for last year. People are clearly angry and want more change, not less. Congress must keep going and finish health care reform right.

Our nation’s health care crisis is not an incremental problem and cannot be fixed with incremental solutions. In survey after survey, voters continue to voice strong support for forcing health insurers to stop excluding people with pre-existing conditions; a guarantee that everyone has access to good, affordable coverage; and requiring health plans to spend premiums on medical care, not profits. All those popular core elements of reform are tied together, and we cannot do one without the others.

Massachusetts is a model that health reform works, with 98% of people covered and insurers not allowed to deny people based on pre-existing conditions. It’s time for the rest of the country to have the same access to good, affordable care.

We are on track to pass a strong comprehensive bill, and we will stay focused on that until the President signs the health reform bill into law.”

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SF Candle Light Procession for Health Reform

Posted on December 14th, 2009 by HCAN California in California Needs Reform, News

Last week, Health Care for America Now - California and its partners hosted a special inter-faith procession through the streets of downtown San Francisco.

A very big Thanks to everyone who turned out and helped make this critical event a HUGE success.

Check out the coverage of the event on local SF Bay Area News below:

KGO-TV: Religious leaders march for health care reform

KTVU-TV: SAN FRANCISCO: Silent March Protests Elimination Of Public Option From Health Plan

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays - December 11, 2009 at 6:00pm

Click to listen (or download)



See more pictures here.

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