Activists and nurses host car caravan demanding guaranteed health care in California

City of Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava joined the car caravan.

Local health care advocates working with the California Nurses Association hosted a local car caravan recently urging state legislators to pass California Guaranteed Health Care for All (CalCare), similar to Medicare for All on the national level.

Activists and nurses hosted car caravans in 23 cities across the state as part of the nurses’ kickoff day of action, highlighting the need for universal health care during the Covid-19 health care crisis. At least 2.7 million Californians currently lack health insurance.

CalCare would guarantee health care as a human right in the state of California by providing comprehensive, high quality health care to all. The California Nurses Association has been leading the fight for guaranteed health care for decades and is actively working to introduce a new single-payer bill in the state legislature.

“CalCare has fully comprehensive benefits: medical, dental, hearing, vision, mental health, prescription drugs, long term care, and more,” said event organizer, Jude Wilson.

According to CNA president Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, “The nation has long looked to California for inspiration and guidance in the national fight for universal health care. We’ve come closer than any other state in history to passing guaranteed health care for all our residents. The nurses will always do what it takes to protect our patients, and we know CalCare will save lives.”

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