Later today, Health Access and many other key groups in California will help launch of a major campaign to win national health reform in 2009. The scale of the effort, called Health Care for America Now, is unprecedented ($40 mill, over 100 groups, over 100 organizers in 45 states) for comprehensive health care reform in 2009.
It is part of a national launch in over 50 cities–and 37 state capitols–across the nation, and in Washington, DC, featuring Elizabeth Edwards. The effort has already gotten important attention by Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic and Julie Bosman at The New York Times.
The California events in San Francisco and Los Angeles have their own star power, featuring SF Mayor Gavin Newsom and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, both nationally-recognized leaders with significant health reform credentials, joining California Labor Federation leaders Art Pulaski and Connie Leyva and leaders of key community, consumer, business, and health care groups.
We’ll have more coverage later today and the week, reporting about the activities of this broad ranging coalition. Leading the field effort in California is Health Access California, California ACORN, and the California Partnership, in active partnership with many of the California groups participating in the launch events, including: the California Labor Federation, AFSCME, CREDO Mobile, MoveOn, California Teachers Association, Committee of Interns and Residents, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, SEIU, Small Business Majority, Universal Health Care Action Network, United Nurses Association of California, United Food and Commercial Workers, and others. More later…