Single payer health care will be reintroduced in the state legislature. Join students of the health professions at the end of their march to the Capitol Building on January 10, for a rally on the North steps of the Capitol.

When: Monday, January 10, 2011 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where: North steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento
What: Lobby Day rally for single payer health care
Sponsors: Single Payer Now, California Health Professional Student Alliance
Contact: In the Bay Area, Don Bechler at 415-695-7891 or dbechler - at - In Southern California, Lisa Patrick Mudd at 323–316-8933 or lisa - at -

The Peace and Freedom Party has not formally endorsed this event but supports single payer legislation.

The following information is from Single Payer Now chair Don Bechler.

2011 offers a new opportunity to enact REAL health care reform in California, and show the rest of the country how to provide health care for everyone while saving individuals, employers and the State of CA millions of dollars. Senator Mark Leno plans to reintroduce SB 810 again this year. What is different this year is that we have a new crop of Legislators who we need to work with on this issue. We also have a new Governor and Executive Branch including several strong single payer supporters (Insurance Commissioner, Lt. Governor and others) who we plan to engage in this effort. On January 10th, Single Payer Now activists will join the CA Health Professional Student Association (CHPSA) for their annual lobby day and rally. This is a spectacular event, with hundreds of young medical students marching to the Capitol in their white jackets to urge our elected officials to support single payer. These are our future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, surgeons, etc. and they want to be health care providers, not insurance company slaves. Please join us for this important Kick-Off Event for our 2011 campaign to pass single payer in California. Let's show our new legislators and Governor that we are strong, determined, and ready to win.

From the Bay area, buses will be leaving from San Francisco at 9am and from the Ashby BART in Berkeley at 9:30. There will be carpools from Southern California.

You must RSVP to take the bus or carpool. Use the contact information above or visit this page.

We will deliver thousands of SB 810 postcards to legislators.
We pass the hat the on bus to cover the bus rental and lunch in the capitol.
It costs about $30 per person. Give what you can. No one turned away.
We want a large turnout to put single payer healthcare on Sacramento’s agenda.
If you cannot attend the rally, please consider making a financial contribution so others may attend.
In Southern California, please contact Lisa Patrick Mudd for carpool information.

Please let us know if you can attend the rally and how you can help.

I hope to see you in Sacramento on January 10.

Thank you,
Don Bechler
Chair – Single Payer Now

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