Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vermont Clears Another Hurdle; Is California’s SB 810 In Trouble?

It looks like California and Vermont could go on two different trajectories in America’s battle for healthcare equality. On Tuesday, the Vermont Senate approved by 21-9 health reform legislation that would create a single payer system in the state. Once the bill is reconciled by both chambers of the Vermont legislature, it will land on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s desk. Shumlin is a strong supporter of single payer.

Meanwhile, in our state of California, SB 810 could be in jeopardy. Wednesday’s scheduled hearing in the state Senate Health Committee was postponed to May 4. According to single payer advocacy group, Single Payer Central, two Democratic members on the committee – chairman Ed Hernandez and member Michael Rubio – are apparently wavering on the bill:

The Senate Health Committee was scheduled to discuss SB 810 on Wednesday, April 27 at 1:30pm. The Health Committee meeting has now been postponed to Wednesday, May 4th at 1:30pm.

The vote on SB 810 is in jeopardy of not passing because of two members of the Health Committee, Democratic State Senators Michael Rubio from Bakersfield, who is not in support, and the Chair of the Health Committee, Ed Hernandez, who is not sure what he thinks.

Please call Senator Rubio and ask him what it would take for him to vote yes. Call his office every day through May 4th until he responds to your simple question.
His Sacramento phone is 916-651-4016 and his fax is 916-327-5989.
His Bakersfield phone is 661-395-2620 and his fax is 661-395-2620.

Please call Senator Hernandez, the chair of the Health Committee, ask him what it would take for him to vote yes. Call him every day through May 4th until he answers your question. He is clearly placing politics above people’s lives.
He voted for SB 810 last year when he was an Assembly Member!
His Sacramento phone is 916-651-4024 and his fax is 916-445-0485. His West Covina phone is 626-430-2499 and his fax is 626-430-2494.

When calling Rubio and Hernandez, they may ask you if you live in the district. Do not get thrown off by the question. The fact is they are going to vote on your healthcare and you deserve an answer why they will not vote for legislation that provides healthcare for everyone, saves Californians billions of dollars, allows you choice of provider, and stops the insurance companies from controlling your health care.

If Hernandez and Rubio are having second thoughts about SB 810, it could be because they either feel the federal law is enough (which it isn’t), or the insurance industry is lurking around in the background. That’s why we have to act now. We must call our representatives, especially Hernandez and Rubio. We must burn up their phones. Click here for more detailed contact information for the state Legislature. California must join Vermont in moving toward healthcare equality.

Sylvia@californiaonecare.org

All Things Capitol Hill | Donna Smith Segment | Show 408

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Let’s play Wheel Of Misfortune! Find out if you live in one of ten states with the worst governor. It’s easy…just spin the wheel and a governor will pop up—complete with the list of why he/she is in the running! Listen this week as our friend Donna Smith helps us inaugurate the game! Who did the wheel land on this week?

And Dan and Casey have a conversation with Donna about all things Capitol Hill and beyond. How about cuts to social security, vouchers for medicare, patient safety and more. Donna Smith as most of you know, is a legislative advocate for National Nurses United. Read more…

The Nation’s Worst Governors and Wake Up! About Sleep Apnea | Show 408

The Nation’s Worst Governors and Wake Up! About Sleep Apnea | Show 408

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Let’s play Wheel Of Misfortune! Find out if you live in one of ten states with the worst governor. It’s easy…just spin the wheel and a governor will pop up—complete with the list of why he/she is in the running! Listen this week as our friend Donna Smith helps us inaugurate the game! Who did the wheel land on this week?

And Dan and Casey have a conversation with Donna about all things Capitol Hill and beyond. How about cuts to social security, vouchers for medicare, patient safety and more. Donna Smith as most of you know, is a legislative advocate for National Nurses United.

Then…wake up it’s time for a conversation about sleep apnea. Wow were we surprised to hear about how many people are diagnosed with it, how many go undiagnosed…and the serious health risks that are associated with it…particularity if left untreated. Our nurse on duty Casey Hobbs has a special interest in this conversation…as she was recently diagnosed and is now plugged in to her brand new 2011 2-door CPAP machine. Read more…

California Single Payer Health Care Bill Needs Your Help

From our friends over at the California Nurses Association:

Despite the failure of federal efforts to reform healthcare by expanding Medicare, California can still lead the way to genuine healthcare reform. Senate Bill 810 (Leno), the California Universal Health Care Act, is being considered in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Two key members of the committee still haven’t committed to support SB 810. Can you let them know we need them to stand up for single-payer now?

TAKE ACTION NOW

Contact Senator Ed Hernandez (West Covina), Chair of Senate Health Committee
Phone: 916-651-4024
senator.hernandez@sen.ca.gov

Contact Senator Michael Rubio (Bakersfield)
Phone: 916-651-4016
senator.rubio@sen.ca.gov

When contacting these elected officials please remember to state:

  • Your name and that you are a nurse and a member of the California Nurses Association.
  • You support SB 810 which will establish healthcare for all Californians, and provide health security for California families.
  • SB 810 will create thousands of good paying jobs in California and generate critical revenues for California businesses.

Read more…

Find out who the worse governor in the nation is…

Is it Arizona’s Jan Brewer for eliminating state funding for low-income Medicaid patients in need of organ transplants? Or Ohio’s John Kasich, Ex-Lehman Bros. exec., whose anti-union law bars public employees from bargaining for healthcare, staffing levels, sick leave and much more? Well, spin the wheel and find out. Then, get involved to help make a few changes. Read more…

National Nurse Politics | RN Jean Ross Segment | Show 311 Best of Nurse Talk

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And…Rewind that show! So good we’re playing it again, Sam.

Joining us is Minnesota RN Jean Ross. Jean is one of three co-presidents for National Nurses United and has been an RN for over 30 years. Checking in about national issues from single-payer healthcare to the proposed Medicaid and Social Security cuts. With over 160k members National Nurses United is a powerful political force on the national political scene. Read more…

Fraud Hurts Everyone | RN Susan Wittstock | Bonus Segment

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California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones joins in the lawsuit against Sutter Health. Sutter is being sued for “alleged” fraudulent billing to the tune of $millions of dollars since 2009. Why does this affect all of us? So many reasons—fraud carries a heavy price for patients, healthcare providers and insurance companies—and contributes to the rising cost of healthcare for everyone.

Casey talks with RN Susan Wittstock about this and other issues that are impacting us all. Susan has been an RN at Sutter Medical Center (formerly Alta Bates) since 1987 and has seen a myriad of changes over the years. Check it out on www.nursetalksite.com! Read more…

Bonus Podcast | Billing Fraud Hurts plus RN Jean Ross and Dr. Yvonne Thornton | Show 311 Best Of Nurse Talk

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Have we got something for you! Bonus Podcast this week friends, plus a special trip down memory lane with a best of the best of Nurse Talk featuring RN Jean Ross and Dr. Yvonne Thornton. But first, here’s this:

California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones joins in the lawsuit against Sutter Health. Sutter is being sued for “alleged” fraudulent billing to the tune of $millions of dollars since 2009. Why does this affect all of us? So many reasons—fraud carries a heavy price for patients, healthcare providers and insurance companies—and contributes to the rising cost of healthcare for everyone.

 

Casey talks with RN Susan Wittstock about this and other issues that are impacting us all. Susan has been an RN at Sutter Medical Center (formerly Alta Bates) since 1987 and has seen a myriad of changes over the years. Check it out on www.nursetalksite.com!

And…Rewind that show! So good we’re playing it again, Sam. Read more…