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Senator Kuehl's SB 840, the California Universal HealthCare Act that establishes a single payer universal health care system in California, passed the Senate by a vote of 23-15 on June 6 and has moved on to the California Assembly.

Following this Senate victory, Kuehl will chair a legislative briefing that will feature filmmaker Michael Moore and three witnesses who star in his upcoming film SiCKO. Moore's documentary is an up-close view of America's crumbling health care system and what the health care crisis has meant in real terms for many insured Americans. Kuehl believes this film will serve as a wake-up call about the way insurance companies are mismanaging our health care system.

The briefing, which will be viewable at multiple locations around the Capitol building, will take place on Tuesday, June 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 4203. All media and press have been invited to attend.

A large rally will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the west steps of the Capitol featuring Moore, Kuehl and rally sponsor, the California Nurses Association. League members who are able to attend are urged to do so and to join with other advocates to show visible support of SB 840 in large numbers. Extensive press coverage is expected.

The national premiere for SiCKO will follow later that day at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. Seating is by invitation only. The film will open nationwide in 3000 theaters on June 29.  OneCareNow campaign activities will be coordinated in the cities where the film will be shown.

Local League and ILO Presidents: Please e-mail this alert to your members immediately to show League support for Kuehl's plan. All members who can participate in the briefing and rally are invited to do so.

Individual members: Please forward this alert to your personal e-mail list as soon as possible. All members and others who can participate in the event are invited to do so.

League Position: The LWVUS Health Care position promotes a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents and controls health care costs.

For more information, see Health Care Reform or contact LWVC Health Care Program Director Barbara Storey at bs_lwv004@cox.net

Keep Us Informed: Please copy any responses to Trudy Schafer, LWVC Program Director/Advocate to:

801 12th Street, Suite 220
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-442-7215, FAX 916-442-7362

E-mail: lwvc@lwvc.org


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