Official blog of the Greater Sacramento Progressive Alliance, one of the largest and most vibrant progressive activist groups in California with more than 7,000 members. We educate and mobilize Progressives in Sacramento, the surrounding foothill areas, and at Sac State and Folsom Lake College.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Help Pass Single Payer in California
Thanks to your unprecedented efforts calling the California Senate in support of SB 562, state senators responded by passing the Healthy California Act and moving it to the Assembly. Because of your dedication to creating a single payer health care system, we are now one step closer to this becoming a reality!
The insurance and pharmaceutical industries fiercely oppose SB 562, but their political clout wasn't enough to stop the power of our movement for universal health care in California's upper chamber. Our opponents are still trying to submarine our efforts to pass this bill, but if we keep calling, we can see it through the Assembly.
Insurance and pharmaceutical companies are trying to paint our efforts as childish, whimsical, and unrealistic. What they are really worried about is losing the profits they make by charging exorbitant prices for health care services and prescription drugs. Once again, it is time to say, loud and clear, we are here to disrupt that status quo and create a system that truly works for the people of California, whether they were born in the state or immigrated from another country.
Saving lives and guaranteeing universal coverage are moral imperatives. People fall ill, become disabled, and even die without health care. The insurance industry's complaint that they won't profit off of that in a single payer system isn't a problem that needs to be solved—it's the entire point of our movement, and of this legislation. We can't keep the system the way that it is. It must change, and we're on the verge of doing just that with SB 562.
Welcome to the PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE. We are a multi-racial, multi-issue "rainbow coalition" dedicated to social justice, peace and building progressive power. Our key priorities include economic justice; equal rights and equal opportunities for all regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation; international solidarity; humanitarian service; eradicating poverty at home and abroad; environmental protection and sustainable development; and electing progressives to public office and then holding them accountable.
Founded in 2005, we have grown to more than 7,000 members and have emerged as one of the largest and most grassroots activist groups in California. We are proud to serve as a local chapter Our Revolution, the national movement inspired by Bernie Sanders' historic 2016 Presidential Campaign, and as a local affiliate of United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ), a network of several hundred peace and justice groups from all over the world.
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