Rally For Universal Health Care In Los Angeles.

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Just a quick little head’s up…if you live in or around Los Angeles and believe we should all have universal health care, you might want to attend the giant rally that is planned for Saturday, August 11th in downtown.

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The rally is in support of Senate Bill 840, titled “The California Universal Healthcare Act”, authored by Senator Sheila Kuehl. From One Care Now.org:

The bill creates one plan and one public trust fund which pays all health care bills and collects all the monies already being spent on health care and insurance plans, which is called a “single payer” system. When enacted, SB 840 replaces all health premiums, taxes, deductibles and co-payments now paid by employers, employees and individuals with one affordable premium paid to the public trust fund to save $8 billion dollars in the first year alone and over $350 billion over a ten year period.

I would be attending but with family in town, I don’t think we can convince them to attend with us. For more info, check out One Care Now.org.

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  1. SO!
    DID IT ACTUALLY HAPPEN?
    WHERE’S THE FOLLOW UP?
    WHY TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING THEN NOT TELL US WHAT HAPPENED?
    I’M SITTING HERE IN MENDOCINO COUNTY—LOOKING ON EVERY WEB PAGE I CAN FIND — TO SEE IF THIS TURNED OUT TO BE A ‘NON EVENT!!’ SURELY, WITH REGARD TO INFORMATION, WE CAN BE BETTER THAN ‘MAINSTREAM MEDIA’—AND FORWARD ARTLCLES TO THOSE TO COULDN’T ATTEND!
    ALL I SAW ON ONECARENOW.ORG WEB PAGE WAS PICTURES OF CHILDREN AND BALLOONS
    AS I SAID, WE DID BETTER IN THE 1960’S WITH ‘TELEPHONE TREES’
    WHAT WAS THE ‘MOOD OF THE ALLEGED ‘CROWD?
    WERE THERE ‘INCIDENTS?
    FOR GOD’S SAKE—AT LEAST TELL US HOW MANY (IF ANY) SHOWED UP!!!
    ISN’T THERE A JOURNALISM MAJOR/DEMOCRAT OR TWO WHO’D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO PUT THIS STUFF OUT—
    AS IT ‘HAPPENS???’

  2. In response to ila:

    I was at the rally and it was quite an event. By my estimation, there were about 3,000 people at its peak, nearly filling the square outside LA City Hall. Many unions showed up in support, with a large contingency from CSEA and CNA.

    The crowd was very active and excited, as speakers Lily Tomlin, John Garamendi, Dennis Kucinich and many others delivered rousing messages, contrasted with personal stories from victims of the current healthcare system.

    There were numerous news vans, photographers, and cameramen covering the event, but I haven’t seen any coverage of it on TV in the few glimpses I’ve had of the local news channels.

    There were no incidents and the rally on the whole went smoothly. Interestingly, Governor Schwarzenegger held a healthcare forum the same day as the rally, perhaps to draw away media attention?

    To me this rally was not only a culmination of 365 days of healthcare education events up and down California, but marked the solid beginning of a grassroots healthcare reform movement that will hopefully sweep across California and eventually the nation. It was surely a historic event.

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