Los Angeles County

Primary Contact Name: 

Maureen Cruise


Peace Center
3916 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230-4640
United States




310 459-9763


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NEXT HCA-LA MEETING is THURSDAY MAY  11th 7:30- 9:30 pm

SB562 NUTS & BOLTS : WHAT IS IN THIS LEGISLATION?,  Presentation, Q&A, Discussion  
 PEACE CENTER -  Don White Meeting Room 
3916 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City 90230
Located just south of Venice Blvd. between the Pauline Book Store and Ramada Inn. Driveway or alley access to plenty of FREE parking and entrance behind the building.  Alley entrance from Bentley & Matteson.  Light refreshments.  No Charge.  Everyone is welcome.   
        Info: Maureen@healthcareforall-LA.com or 310-459-9763


 APRIL 2017  

Educate * Activate * Participate 
Thanks to our April 13th Speakers Panel for reviewing Singe Payer Universal Health Care:
Anita Anderson, Adam Gorgoni, Jenni Chang, John Suarez, Maureen Cruise, Sheila Suarez.  
Many thanks to all who attended, offered interesting comments and asked such relevant questions.
Thank you Jeremy Entwhistle and Reed Heisler Shellaby for you assistance with the meeting.  Also Toni Churg, Steve Varalyay,  Jenni Chang, Mimi Soltysik...and everyone else who assitsted with clean up. 
Appreciation for those who recommended organizations for our speakers and film  screenings which may include.  FIX IT:  HealthCare at the Tipping Point ( available free online) Now is the Time and The Health Care Movie

Congratulations on everyone’s great to work to get nearly 200 support letters for SB 562!  More good news, as of last night Richmond and Oakland City Councils joined San Francisco and Berkeley in passing resolutions in support of SB 562. Thanks to those who helped make the push .     
*Continue to send in endorsement letters both individual and organization. INFO below.                                                               *Circulate petitions, educate your friends, neighbors, community.                                                                                *Invite a speaker.  Show a film!  Contact us for materials and films.
The latest information about the campaign and the bill is always available at www.healthyCA.org. You can sign up there for regular email updates. Also join Health Care for All- California

Health Over Profit National Calls 

Health Over Profit National Calls

Health Over Profit for Everyone is a national campaign to win a National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA) healthcare system (also called a single payer health system). It is a project initiated by advocates for NIMA acting as individuals and is coordinated by Popular Resistance.

We will hold regular national conference calls twice a month at 9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific. These calls are open to everyone, but you must register to receive a number.


On the calls, we will provide political updates, educate about NIMA, discuss strategy and plan actions to change the political culture in the United States so that NIMA is the only politically viable solution.




PNHP articles How Much Would Single Payer Cost? in the US and studies on INTERNATIONAL STATISTICS reveal lower costs in Single Payer Universal Health Care countries. 

As background, the last CA study done 11 years ago by the Lewin Group showed the state would save $344 billion over 10 years.  Nearly every study has shown that single payer saves money, saves lives and covers everyone…we’re confident our study will show the same.  

According to a 2016 UCLA study, taxpayers pay for 70% of healthcare expenses in California through: Medi-Cal, Medicare, public health expenditures, ACA subsidies, taxpayer subsidies of employer provided insurance. SB 562 would use these same funding sources to actually lower the cost of healthcare already being paid for with our tax dollars. SB 562 captures savings for current bureaucratic waste, including the 20% to 30% insurance companies use for non-health related activities. Healthy California will reduce costs through savings and negotiating pricing, then consolidate existing state and federal healthcare revenue sources, replaces insurance company premiums, deductibles and co-pays with broad-based progressive financing, and finances an independent trust fund dedicated exclusively to paying the healthcare expenses for Californians.

 For Questions Regarding Waivers: Californians, under federal law, are entitled to same tax credits and public expenditures for Healthy California - just as residents of any other state. The intent of Healthy California is to consolidate all state and fed revenues and end all fragmentation in reimbursement and billing,  but regardless of how federal monies come into the state - they will continue to pay for healthcare expenses. 

We are currently conducting a financing study to best quantify costs, savings and financing options for inclusion in the bill. Revenue assumptions will be conservative. This comprehensive study will be available mid to late May. It's being conducted by Robert Pollin, PhD, Department of Economics, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There will be some testimony about the financing at the Health Committee hearing.  

In the meantime, we are focusing on what the financing plan will do:
  • End the fragmentation in the private insurance system
  • Capture federal funds to the extent possible
  • Create a mechanism to stabilize revenue and end the budget pressure under the current structure of public programs
  • The study report will give a set of options for revenue sources
  • We will save 20-30% in overhead costs with a Medicare like system. 
  • Medicare overhead cost is 3%.
  • The State of California, with its immense bargaining power, will negotiate fair fees for hospitals, clinics, providers and pharmaceuticals, thus saving many millions.

It is also very important to emphasize the savings in the bill and to remember that public dollars slready pay for 70% of the total spent on Healthcare in the State of California, or $367 billion as shown in this 2016 UCLA study.  

Heal California - Better healthcare is within reach

Talking with Students, Staff & Visitors at the Cal State University Dominguez Hills Social Justice Fair:                                                                         Bill Eisen, Toni Churg, Stave Varalyay, Tom Newman ,Maureen Cruise
 Tuesday  April 25th from 9-4.  

Please support SB 562, the Healthy California Act


SB 562, The Healthy California Act

 SB 562, the Healthy California Act was  introduced in February by Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins. We invite you to read the  full bill language ,  use our sample support letter and resolution for endorsements. We also invite you to join the Healthy California campaign to grow the statewide movement to win guaranteed healthcare for ALL in the Golden State.
Please mail support letters to:  megan.baier@sen.ca.gov  (LARA's Office). And CC's to
cboen@calnurses.org,  info@HealthyCaliforniaAct.orggenevieve@healthcareforall-LA.com,

Several polls show  81% of Democrats, 60% of Independents and 37% of Republicans support Medicare for All.  58% of all voters support it as an ACA replacement. We can move forward with a clear mandate to finish the job of healthcare reform with the only comprehensive solution to our healthcare crisis that guarantees healthcare for all California residents, regardless of immigration status.  SB562 saves the state billions, offers Californians high quality care with full choice of providers, and removes insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, or surprise medical bills.
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April 12, 2017
Senator Ricardo Lara
State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814

 Health Care for All- Los Angeles Chapter ( HCA-LA) strongly supports  SB 562, The Healthy California Act of California.

When enacted, the Healthy California Act will guarantee that every resident of California will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically— as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home healthcare, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy California Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all California residents in a manner that is financially sustainable: 
  • Choose any provider. No more surprise bills. No out-of-pocket costs for covered services. 
  • Eliminates co-pays for Medicare Part B. 
  • Lower prescription drug costs. 
  • Regional planning to reduce overlap and duplication of expensive equipment and facilities. 
  • Provider rates which will replace and improve upon Medi-Cal rates, will be negotiated to ensure access, cost control and high-value services. 
  • The advances from the Affordable Care Act will be folded into the new system. 
  • Huge cost-savings from reduced bureaucracy. No more insurance company runaround. No more bill collectors. 
  • A payroll and income premium, which is higher for upper income earners, would replace insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles—likely resulting in significant out-of-pocket net savings. 
  • Diverse participants including ordinary citizens and representatives of labor and business, as well as various health care professionals and health policy experts, will advise and help design the Healthy California program.
  • A Healthy California premium, which is higher for upper income earners, would replace insurance     company premiums, co-pays and deductibles—likely resulting in significant out-of-pocket net savings. 

As a decades old health care justice advocacy organization, we are deeply concerned and affected by the obstacles to access of secure, affordable  and equitable quality health care for the people of this country.  Our poor health outcomes are abysmal.  The immense suffering, chronic illness and premature deaths of Americans because they can not access appropriate care is both shameful and unnecessary.  Of the 35 OECD countries, the US  ranks first in premature deaths due to lack of care.  No other advanced country has a system trapping people in a cycle debt, foreclosure and bankruptcy because they got sick. 

Our current system is economically unsustainable, medically inadequate and morally unjust for individuals, families, our state and our country. Our current system is complex, wasteful, and destructive.  It must be replaced with a single payer, universal system, which has been proven as a success worldwide, for over one hundred years. 

It is time for California to lead the way out of this compromised national system and provide state residents with the care we need, deserve and already pay for with our taxes.  HCA-LA  membership thanks you for your decency and your leadership.  We urge you to rally your fellow California senators to pass SB562.

Appreciation and Be Well, 

Maureen Cruise RN, Director
Health Care for All - Los Angeles Chapter


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Healthcare for All - Los Angeles Chapter meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month from 7:30-9:30 pm in the Peace Center Meeting Room at 3916 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 90230-4640. The HCA-LA mission is to educate, activate and encourage people to participate in advocating for just, equitable, accessible, comprehensive, affordable, and quality healthcare in a publicly financed universal single-payer system. Agendas include speakers, presentations, discussions, films, opportunity for action in our communities. BECOME A MEMBER  www.healthcareforall.org.  To join the HCA-LA Mailing list, contact: maureen@healthcareforall-LA.com.