The patients will be joined by hundreds of nurses, school employees, seniors, healthcare activists, as well as Los Angeles' crusading City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who has sued insurers for illegal denials of care, and by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, the author of SB 840, the groundbreaking bill to bring guaranteed healthcare to California.
Malinda Markowitz, RN, a co-President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee said, "We march for those who can't -- for those who have been denied care by the insurance companies, or bankrupted by their practices. The American people are ready for guaranteed healthcare through an improved 'Medicare for all,' and it is time to pass Rep. John Conyers' HR 676 on the federal level and State Senator Sheila Kuehl's SB 840 in California in order to finally end our healthcare crisis."
"My daughter survived two bouts of cancer, against all odds only to be told that she couldn't get the only treatment that could have saved her life because some administrator in some insurance office thought it is was too expensive," says Hilda Sarkisyan. "Families should not have to hold massive protests to force insurance companies to do the right thing. We need the kind of healthcare reform where a doctor's recommendation for life-saving treatment takes precedent over cost-savings and profit."
Delgadillo also appeared Wednesday, as the convention opened, to
discuss his legal efforts to crack down on the unlawful and fraudulent
business practices of the insurance industry and to unveil a new television
ad targeting insurance denial of care. The ad was produced by the Courage
Campaign and funded by the California Nurses Association and Sen. Kuehl.
Titled "Insurance Jive," it will
|SOURCE California Nurses Association|
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