Re: [dfa-23] SB 810 (Single Payer Healthcare) Killed on the California Senate Floor (Let's THANK Sen Mark Leno & California OneCare)

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Sent on: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:32 PM
Hi Mike,
Thanks for all you do!!  It is "who wrote the original."  former English Teacher, Margaret
PS:  My brother speaks 5 languages and is a retired school teacher and I'm still kidding
him about his past tense verbs....hope you are not offended. 
Is this a nutty year for Republican candidates!!?  Gingrich and his "poor kids can clean toilets
because they don't know anything about hard work!"  "Just fire the adult union janitors and
replace them with poor kids."  Whatever happened to child labor laws? 

From: Mike Copass <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, January 31,[masked]:02 PM
Subject: [dfa-23] SB 810 (Single Payer Healthcare) Killed on the California Senate Floor (Let's THANK Sen Mark Leno & California OneCare)
Thanks for your MANY phone calls to Sen Vargas and others, on getting SB 810 passed by the Senate.
Hold your heads up high: our own Sen Chris Kehoe voted YES, and  former Senator Sheila Kuehl (who had wrote original SB 840 single payer) and Sen Mark Leno (Current sponsor of SB 810) worked their tails off pushing this through now that there is a Democratic Governor who might sign the bill.
Thanks to Democratic Party platform and resolutions writers who have made "Support for a Publicly Funded, Privately Delivered, Single Payer Health Care System in California" part of our CDP party DNA -- in 2010 and draft 2012 platform.
If you go to the CDP Convention in San Diego on Feb 10-12, please find and thank Senators Leno, Kehoe, Lieu, and others who voted AYE on this bill. 
 Never hurts to drop a penny in the cap of the good guys:
You may also wish to locate the Senators who voted no, or failed to vote AYE, and talk to them, too.
See best explanation so far, below.

SB 810 (Single Payer Healthcare) Killed on the California Senate Floor

Today SB 810, “Medicare for All” single payer legislation, was killed on the California Senate Floor. The vote was: 19 YES, 15 NO (including Dem. Calderon and Dem. Correa) and 6 ABSTAIN (which is actually a NO vote and included Dems. Padilla, Vargas, Wright and Rubio). We have two immediate tasks: first, thank our author of SB 810, Sen. Leno, for his efforts (the legislation was not supposed to pass the Appropriations Committee!) and thank Sen. Steinberg for his assistance in getting the bill to the Senate Floor; and, second, call the 6 Senators who voted against SB 810 and give them a piece of your mind. Lastly, California OneCare will be recommending “next steps” for the campaign in the very near future. We are meeting with our coalition partners on Friday and will communicate to you a united strategy in the following days.
Sadly, California Democratic legislators did exactly what I predicted in my letter to them:
As you know, previous bills passed both chambers only to be vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger, but with a Democrat as governor, there is a real chance that this could become law. If a handful of Democratic senators block this historic opportunity, it will make a lot of us wonder if you guys actually care about average people or only do bold legislation when you know you have a business owned governor who can be depended on to veto it.
Our government has become so corrupt at all levels even state legislators can't do what would be wildly popular and make them national heroes for fear of losing campaign donations and likely high paying jobs when they leave office as lobbyists, CEO's, and do-nothing board members. The state party needs to do something about this, and it needs to get on the governor's desk before he leaves office. Maybe instead of punishing the bad guys, we need to reward the good: donate to the state senators who voted for it and especially to the author of the bill, Mark Leno.

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