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Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

There’s a heartbreak to any patient’s cancer diagnosis. So imagine watching my recent patient fight through treatment, knowing that when she exited the hospital, onto San Francisco’s streets, her health would simply unravel because she has no home, no shelter, nowhere to go. —Maureen Dugan, San Francisco Examiner, 10/21/16 More »

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Prescription drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world — by far. Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and spark a national movement to end this price-gouging. —Senator Bernie Sanders, writing in the LA Times, 10/21/16 More »

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

If you want to know why we should pass Proposition 61 to lower prescription drug prices, ask a nurse. I can tell you the story of a young man in his late 40s living on a fixed income, working two jobs, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure. This one medication was going to cost him over $400 a month. —Amy Arlund, RN writing for The Fresno Bee, 10/19/16 More »

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

If you wonder why prescription drug prices are so high, take a look at how the big drug companies have rigged the system against all of us. We can take back control of our health by voting Yes on Proposition 61. —Kellie Montoya, RN writing for The Modesto Bee, 10/18/16 More »

Letter: If drug companies don’t like 61, then you should

Letter: If drug companies don’t like 61, then you should

Proposition 61, a proposal to limit some drug prices in California to the price paid by the Veterans Administration, shapes up to be the most expensive initiative fight in California history due to the money the drug industry is spending against it. —Oroville Mercury-Register, 10/12/16 More »

Proposition 61 Will Help Reduce Outrageous Prescription Drug Prices

Proposition 61 Will Help Reduce Outrageous Prescription Drug Prices

As public outrage has erupted over a 500 percent price increase for life-saving EpiPens and a $1,000-per-pill cost for the most effective hepatitis C treatment, the pharmaceutical industry appears to be beyond shame. —Kathy Dennis writing in the Sacramento Bee, 10/11/16 More »

Why California nurses back Prop. 61: Guest commentary

Why California nurses back Prop. 61: Guest commentary

If you want to know why nurses across California are campaigning for Proposition 61, here’s one thing Long Beach nurses increasingly see. —Margie Keenan writing for The Press Telegram, 10/03/16 More »

Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

The best argument for passing Proposition 61 to cut drug prices in California, may be SB 1010, a modest effort to require the drug manufacturers give more notice and some justification when jacking up prices. —Deborah Burger writing for Capitol Weekly, 10/03/16 More »

Nurses, staff unions claim victory with new contracts at Whittier, San Gabriel hospitals

Nurses, staff unions claim victory with new contracts at Whittier, San Gabriel hospitals

Whittier Hospital Medical Center and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center agreed to contracts with their nurses and healthcare workers last week that include wage inreases of up to 26 percent over the four-year course of the agreements. —Christopher Yee, Whittier Daily News, 09/30/16 More »

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the closure of Berkeley’s only hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. —Sydney Johnson, The Post News Group, 09/23/16 More »

Battle over East Bay hospital closure draws hundreds to town hall meeting

Battle over East Bay hospital closure draws hundreds to town hall meeting

BERKELEY, Calif. – A town hall meeting in Berkeley drew nearly two hundred people to talk about how to prevent the Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley from closing. —KTVU, 09/22/16 More »

How a bite from a stray dog shows the sick state of U.S. healthcare

How a bite from a stray dog shows the sick state of U.S. healthcare

Jan Kern was bitten by a stray dog while traveling abroad and ended up with a jaw-dropping illustration of why the U.S. healthcare industry is completely sick. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 09/15/16 More »

Drug companies spend millions to keep charging high prices

Drug companies spend millions to keep charging high prices

Pharmaceutical heavyweight Mylan, the latest poster child for drug-industry greed, finally stuck up for itself Thursday. It argued that “the system,” not avarice, was to blame for the company jacking up the price of EpiPens, a common (and life-saving) allergy remedy, by over 400%. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 08/26/16 More »

Nurses strike against Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Nurses strike against Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Registered nurses begin one-day strike at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, claim patient safety at risk because of understaffing and long hours without breaks. —John Chadwell, reporting for BenitoLink, 08/24/16 More »

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

After a long dispute with the hospital, nurses were able to address staffing concerns, “achieve economic improvements” and obtain protection of their health coverage, according to a statement released by the California Nurses Association. —Ryan Masters, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 06/22/16 More »

After fight over firings, Huntington Hospital settles with nurses

After fight over firings, Huntington Hospital settles with nurses

Huntington Memorial Hospital and the California Nurses Association have reached a settlement agreement to rescind the termination of two critical care nurses who were fired, allegedly for trying to unionize the hospital’s nursing staff. —By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 06/03/16 More »

Nurses Seek Democratic Showdown

Nurses Seek Democratic Showdown

The 185,000-strong National Nurses United is the scrubs-wearing symbol of a split in the Democratic Party that threatens to inflict damage at the presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. —Peter Nicholas, The Wall Street Journal, 05/31/16 More »

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can - and Should - Win the Nomination

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can - and Should - Win the Nomination

A troika of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and their echo chamber in the major media are laboring to assure everyone that the Democratic nomination process is over —Rose Ann DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 05/26/16 More »

Sanders Can Fix What Ails Health Care System

Sanders Can Fix What Ails Health Care System

We know our health care system is broken and that Sanders is the one who can fix it. That’s why I and other members of National Nurses United, who are gathering Wednesday in Sacramento, support Sanders, who held a rally in Sacramento on Monday. —Cathy Kennedy, RN writing in The Sacramento Bee , 05/10/16 More »

Bernie Sanders’ idea for free tuition at public colleges deserves an A

Bernie Sanders’ idea for free tuition at public colleges deserves an A

Bernie Sanders wants everyone to be offered a tuition-free college education and he’s called crazy. America can’t afford it, naysayers scoff. He’s just pandering to young voters. But too many of us in California forget: This state did provide tuition-free college for generations. —George Skelton, Capitol Journal, 05/09/16 More »

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