This week we take a closer look at another race where big money is coming in from business interests trying to buy a statewide office that’s important to working people: Insurance Commissioner. In the last week, Steve Poizner, the longtime Republican who is trying to fool voters by running as a No Party Preference (NPP) […]Read More
UC Patient Care Workers Demand an End to Inequality, Outsourcing
AFSCME Local 3299 began a three-day strike today at campuses and medical centers across the state, fighting for fair wages, an end to outsourcing and equal treatment for patient care workers at the University of California (UC). For months, workers have demanded fair treatment for women, minorities and immigrant workers, yet UC continues to […]Read More
Support Dialysis Patients – Yes on Prop 8!
If you’re on dialysis – the process of cleaning the blood for those whose kidneys have failed – your life depends on receiving regular treatments. In California, 66,000 people need dialysis treatments to survive. But dialysis patient care is in crisis. Facilities – especially those accessible to low-income people – are in run-down strip malls […]Read More
Millennials and Unions: A Match Made in Heaven
We are at a critical point in time where the government wants to abolish public and private health care, slash the public-sector’s strength to collective bargaining, and decrease wages in return for more work. The millennial’s best response to counterblow these threats is to stand together in a union.Read More
University of California Workers Stand Together to protest UC’s inequality with Statewide Strike May 7th-9th
AFSCME Local 3299 is currently on a three-day strike to fight low wages, and the unequal treatment of women and people of color working at the University of California. Thousands of working people across the UCs took to the streets to rise up against the exploitation and injustices inflicted onto them.Read More
AB 3087 Tackles Out-of-Control Health Care Prices
Have you ever received an outrageously high medical bill that you wondered how you were going to pay? If you’re like most Californians, the answer is yes. What you likely don’t know is why the bill was so high to begin with.Read More
The Affordable Care Act is Still Under Attack
While the repeal efforts aimed at the Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.), or ObamaCare, are over for now, efforts to destabilize the landmark health care law are ongoing. We need to stay focused on the attacks on health care that threaten access to care.Read More
Governor Signs SB 17 (Hernandez)—the strongest prescription drug transparency bill in the country!
Victoria Stuessel is 32-year old wife and mother from La Puente, California. A year ago she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is a disabling disease of the central nervous system. She was put on a cocktail of drugs that costs her and her family $7000 a month, even with their health coverage. She also takes six drugs to treat the symptoms of MS that cost over $1,200 a month. When Victoria relapses, she needs a 5-day IV infusion of very expensive high-dose steroids—and she never knows when she’ll need them so it’s impossible to budget for that expense. There is no cure for MS. These are drugs that Victoria will have to take every day for the rest of her life.Read More
The Senate Is in a Hurry to Cut Our Health Care
Do you remember “Repeal and Replace,” “Repeal and Run” and “Skinny Repeal”? Those were all plans pushed by the Senate Republican leaders at the end of July in a frantic, failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make massive cuts in our health care. Millions of working people stood up and spoke out to stop those cuts. Now, however, Republican leaders are back, just as desperate but hopeful they can sneak something through.Read More
Downtown LA Dignity Health Docs to Hospital: Where’s the dignity in taking away affordable healthcare for our families?
Around 30 physicians and nurses rallied this week outside California Hospital Medical Center, a Dignity Health facility. The hospital’s 24 Family Medicine residents organized a “Unity Break” and press conference during their lunch in response to the hospital’s proposal to increase healthcare costs for its employees by up to $2,100 a year, with an […]Read More