Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana
Donna Smith, 6/20/12
Report from on the bus by Donna Smith, American SiCKO
San Diego – Take heart, America. After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare for all to a standing room only crowd in San Diego.
As the audience cheered the news that JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon cowered in through a back door at the Rayburn House Office Building in DC as the nurses met him in full Robin Hood attire and with the message of supporting the Robin Hood Tax, the San Diego crowd had no difficulty connecting the need for the tax with their desire for a universal healthcare plan for California. A Robin Hood Tax of just half a penny on the dollar of all sales of financial transactions on Wall Street could raise more than $350 billion annually and could be used for implementation of a truly universal healthcare plan.
The Medicare for all tour moves on to Santa Ana followed by San Bernardino next and a full schedule is available for the 19 stops along the way. Tonight at The Dehli Center, 505 E. Central Ave, in Santa Ana.
From the audience, nurses heard community members relay stories of great suffering and stress related to Californian’s inability to access care and fears about what the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare might mean for working families. Earlier in the day, the nurses spearheaded health screenings with other members of the coalition, Campaign for a Healthy California.
The tour includes a stop at the Organizing for Healthcare Justice Summer Conference at UCLA on July 7 and 8.
Volunteer Nursing student in front of the Medicare For All bus
Volunteer Nurses in front of the Medicare For All bus
Volunteer Nurses with Patient Myrna
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