On February 17, 2017 Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins introduced SB 562, The Healthy California Act: http://healthcareforall.org/what-healthy-california-act-sb-562-laraatkins. Advocacy for the bill is led by the "Healthy California Campaign”, composed of the AllCare Alliance, the Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC) and Labor United for Universal Healthcare.
Actions you can take:
- Connect with HCA
Become a member. Donate. Volunteer with your local chapter or start your own.
- Invite a speaker
Contact us to line up a speaker. Then host a house party with neighbors, family, friends and colleagues. Or get us a spot on the meeting agenda of your club or church group.
- Send letters/emails; make phone calls
Contact your state legislators expressing support for the Lara/Atkins Bill - SB 562, the Healthy California Act. Write to your local paper pointing out how a single-payer system could alleviate the problem described in a particular news story.
- Get the word out
Put together your own personal list. Forward information to contacts when there’s important news or need to act.
- Seek endorsements
Ask businesses, city councils and school boards, and prominent individuals in your community to endorse SB 562. See a sample endorsement letter, a sample endorsement resoluton, and a guide to the endorsement process here: http://healthcareforall.org/downloads/cat_view/SB562%20Endorsement%20Process
- Arrange a screening of a healthcare film.
The movie "Now is the Time" was released in late 2016 and is perfect for a community group, organization, or business. You can purchase a DVD of "Now is the Time" from the movie's website: http://www.nowsthetimemovie.com/. Or if you belong to an HCA chapter, contact your chapter chair to see if they have a copy of the movie you can borrow. Two older movies may also be available for screening. See this document for descriptions of the movies: http://healthcareforall.org/sites/default/files/files/downloads/healthcaremoviesdescriptions_2017april.pdf
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