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Tomorrow is the big day for SB 810 Single Payer bill sponsored by Senator Mark Lenoin the California Senate.

The "reconsideration vote" by the whole State Senate will take place the last day of the month.  This is the last day it can take place.

Last week an inconclusive vote went 19 to 18 with 2 Democratic Senators voting with every one of the 16 Republican Senators and 4 Dem Senators abstaining.

We need 2 of these abstaining Senators to vote Aye tomorrow so we get 21 votes.

JPMassar and I have been urging you to call the abstaining Senators.

Two things can happen tomorrow and we have a plan in either case.

More below.


Two of these 4 abstaining Senators decide to vote Aye;

Senator Alex Padilla (Pacoima/LA area)
Phone: (916) 651-4020      
Fax: (916) 324-6645

Senator Juan Vargas (San Diego area)
Phone: (916) 651-4040      
Fax: (916) 327-3522

Senator Michael Rubio (Fresno/Bakersfield area)
Phone: (916) 651-4016
Fax: (916) 327-5989  

Senator Rod Wright (Los Angeles area)
Phone: (916) 651-4025      
Fax: (916) 445-3712

We will then focus on conducting a new economic impact study in time for the Assembly vote later on this year.  We are pretty sure that when SB 810 gets to Governor Jerry Brown's desk he will sign it.  Schwarzenegger vetoed it twice.

The study will be funded through California OneCare, perhaps together with other Single Payer organizations like PNHP or HCA,  and it will prove again whet the 2002 Lewin reportsaid,  Single Payer will benefit the California Economy, insure everyone and cost everyone less.

The Lewin report has been neutralized because United Health bought them out.

The fact that we don't have an authoritative study about the economic impact of Single Payer is the excuse given by most hesitant Democratic Assemblymen.

More about the new study after tomorrow.


We do not get 2 abstaining Democratic Senators to vote Aye.

So this is what I will do and I hope many California Kossacks will join.

We will target those Democratic Senators who vote No or abstain.

We will focus our attention on their seats.

We will get alternative candidates and actively support their campaigns.

We need better Democrats in Sacramento.  Democrats who understand that SB 810 a) does not go against Obama's ACA, it takes its underlying issues to the logical conclusion by providing "Medicare for all" b) It is great for the economy c) It gives access to healthcare to all.

This last point is specially important to Latinos who in California represent almost 50% of the uninsured.  How is it possible that Latino Democratic Senators do not support SB 810?  Padilla, Vargas and Rubio abstained and two other Latino Senators voted Nay;

Senator Ron Calderon
Phone: (916) 651-4030

Senator Lou Correa
Phone: (916) 651-4034

These last two should be replaced by better Democrats in any case.

How is it possible?  As a Latino myself I wonder.  But I will act too.

So call if you can.  Heck! Call tomorrow too.  Fax and email.

We can do it.


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  •  Thank you for this important reminder! n/t (8+ / 0-)

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 03:54:14 PM PST

  •  Tip'd, rec'd and shared. n/t. (1+ / 0-)
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    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 09:54:21 PM PST

  •  It only takes 5 minutes to call six senators! Just (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Glen The Plumber, Shockwave, linkage

    say you support SB-810 and you urge the senator to vote yes. The staff member (or temp) will likely ask you your name and your zip. Spell your name slowly and name your city proudly before you give your zip!

    If you want spend a few minutes more giving them some grief:

    When you speak with senator Vargas' office, don't forget to mention Jasmin Hicks' call to California One Care, (linked from Shockwave's other recent diary). Remind him that the best way to stop all the calls is to vote yes on the bill!

    You might want to tell Padilla to be a proud Democrat and vote yes on the bill -- not to wimp out with another abstention under the guise of waiting for Obamacare. He was elected to serve human people, not corporate people.

    I understand Calderon voted yes on it once in the past, so he deserves a few extra verbal noogies for siding with the thugs last week.

    Rubio's office will tell you that they are receiving lots of calls urging them to vote no. Either they are lying, or the insurance companies hired a huge number of people to make calls all day, because I have a hard time finding anything against SB-810 online.

    Tell Correa to stop trying to look like a republican. This is the big issue. It's time for him to take one for the team. Who knows, after the success of single payer health care, he might be able to ride its coattails to bigger and better offices.

    When the rude woman from senator Wright's office finally asks you if you have $210 million to pay for it, think of something creative to say before she hangs up on you!

    Whether you want to spend a short time, or have a few conversations with the inundated, please call all six first thing Monday morning. Your uninsured neighbors will appreciate it. Thanks in advance!

  •  the top 2 primary may allow us an opportunity (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, linkage

    to replace these dems that sell us out time and again, depending on how we work it. it's best to remind them of that possibility when calling.

    •  Some very active Dems in San Diego... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...mailed  a link to this diary to Vargas.

      The Feb 11 Convention will be interesting.  

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 07:35:14 AM PST

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