500 SEIU members from all over the state converged on Sacramento Wednesday demanding lawmakers support legislation that would guarantee better healthcare access for all Californians.
Three bills that are on their way to becoming law still need our support. On June 12, we were there. These bills (ABX 1 1, SBX 1 1, and AB 880) will not only help guarantee better healthcare access, but the lives of millions of Californians are on the line.
Members gathered on the Capitol lawn and called on Gov. Brown to make the dream of health coverage for all Californians a reality. In order to make that happen, California must act now to fully and urgently expand Medi-Cal, protect the vital health care safety net, and adopt innovative solutions that ensure all California residents have access to quality, affordable healthcare.
“I’m confident that these bills will pass,” said Robert Charles, Intake Coordinator, Kern County Mental Health. “There’s no other reasonable way for California to move forward.”
Vinod Rai, a San Mateo county homecare worker added, “It’s important to close the Walmart loophole. We got a good reception from the legislators today though. I feel really good about the work we did.”
The crowd was rallied by a number of speakers including Laphonza Butler, state council and ULTCW president, Jon Youngdahl, state council executive director, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assembly Member Richard Pan, Vanessa Cajina, Western Center on Law and Poverty, and Angie Wei, California Labor Federation.