Posted by toni-s on:
As an nation, we spend twice as much per person on health care, than do other wealthy nations. Too many people here are uninsured and those with insurance worry that when they need their insurance for something important, the insurance company will find a way not to pay for the treatment the need. There is always the chance that they will lose their insurance altogether because illness may force them to stop working.
Increasingly, Americans are realizing that our health-care "system" is broken. There are many in our community without insurance at all. Many have inadequate insurance and cannot afford the high deductibles and co-pays for the services they need. When these two groups finally become very ill, the end up at the Emergency Department at a local hospital. The community ends up paying either way.
It seems reasonable that it would be preferable to have a system in which everyone contriubtes, everyone receives necessary care, administration is consolidated and streamlined and in which the system, as a whole, can negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies so that all people can have the care and medicine they need.
In Santa Barbara there is a local chapter of a statewide organization called, "Health Care for All - California" (HCA-CA). Founded in 1995 by a coalition from across California including Santa Barbarans Bill and Carole Marks.
Health Care For All is working to educate and to shed light on our current system and it's failings and to propose something that works better for all people in California. It is a single-payer system which essentially is an improved, complete Medicare for everyone in our state.
Sheila Kuehl's Senate Bill 840, un-amended from the last legislative session passed the Legislature twice only to be vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. This bill has ben re-introduced this past February as Senate Bill (SB) 810, sponsored by Mark Leno and co-authored by Pedro Nava and is endorsed by many local governmental bodies and by local organizatons including:
- City Council of Santa Barbara
- City Council of Carpenteria
- California League of Women Voters
- California Nurses Association
- Church IMPACT, the lobbying arm of the Cal. Council of Churches
- The American medical Student Assoc. (California Branch)
Under this plan every person in the State of California would have access to medical care with:
- Free choice of a physician
- Complete Benefit Package including Dental, Vision, Hearing, Hospice In and Out- Patient Care and Chiropractic Services.
The Santa Barbara Chapter of HCA-CA has a speakers bureau, sponsors films and events to educate and raise money. They meet the first Thursday of each month at 7:30, at the Santa Barbara League of Women voters office at 328 E. Carillo, Suite A, Santa Barbara,
The government will only respond if we as citizens become active and vocal in our positions on this important issue.
Please check out the following informational sites online:
Come and attend one of our chapter meetings. Help yourself and your neighbors! For further information you can contact Peter Conn at <firstname.lastname@example.org>