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All Aboard the Health Care Express!
by Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012
Monday Jul 2nd, 2012 5:13 PM
The California Nurses Association teamed up with Physicians for a National Health Program and Campaign for a Healthy California to provide a bus touring 19 cities across California giving free health care screenings. Today they stopped at the Eastside Neighborhood Center in San Jose. Photo: The Raging Grannies sing inside Neighborhood Center to greet people lining up for free healthcare screening.

The California Nurses Association (CNA) says the Stockton area has 24.6 percent of adults uninsured, and 16 percent of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost. That's where they were last week providing free health care screenings and helping out at a Town Hall about Medicare for All (also called Single Payer healthcare). A spokesperson from the nurses union said the “healthcare crisis continues to worsen and genuine, comprehensive reform is still needed.”

Even with the recent Supreme Court ruling having upheld most of the Obama healthcare reform plan, "our healthcare crisis will be far from over, and we will still need real reform,” said Zenei Cortez, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

Today the bus stopped in San Jose. Some of the other of 19 stops were mentioned in a tune by the Raging Grannies who sang to greet nurses arriving on the large red bus. "San Diego was the start point, here it comes -- Stopped in Fresno, Stockton, Chico here it comes -- Next it heads to San Francisco -- Ends in San Luis Obispo -- We are glad it stops in our town, here it comes!" they sang to the tune of "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain.


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by juliana
Tuesday Jul 3rd, 2012 4:57 PM
I saw them in Chico on Thursday.
I was certainly glad they were there, but there was no organizing, nothing against the mandate, nothing about 'What do we do now?".

I'm tired of putting my energy in to groups that don't do something that could work.
If there is any group organizing a boycott or something kin to a strike (since we can't do a big one in the US because they took away our labor laws) I would like to know about it.

In most other countries in the world, this would never be allowed to happen. The people do something that the govt does not want, like hold a general strike.

So here in the US, what will we do?
by ...jj......
Thursday Jul 5th, 2012 3:23 PM
At each stop there is a Town Hall for people to learn how to change the situation.