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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 07:59 AM

Huge: LA City Council Votes to Support Medicare For All; Tampa, Detroit, Sea, Chicago Take Stand

* Note: Today, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution in support of Medicare for All. With a city population of almost four million, it is the second-most populous city in the U.S. Public Citizen, Nov. 5, 2019.

Before the vote, activists and representatives of Los Angeles neighborhood councils rallied in front of Los Angeles City Hall in support of Medicare for All. Additionally, more than 30 people spoke in favor of the resolution before the council and shared powerful personal stories. Public Citizen is part of a coalition urging citizens to press their local governments to pass similar resolutions.

We applaud the Los Angeles City Council for joining the growing movement of city and county councils who are demanding Medicare for All because they have a front-row seat to the devastation wrought by our inequitable and cruel for-profit health care system.

Despite gains made since the Affordable Care Act, more than 437,000 Los Angeles residents still lacked health insurance in 2018. Cities are tired of watching as their residents face financial ruin or early death if they get sick.

Tampa, Detroit, Seattle, Chicago’s Cook County and now Los Angeles are among the local jurisdictions that are taking a stand for Medicare for All. This is what a movement looks like.

Today’s successful resolution shows just how change happens; with grassroots efforts from activists and regular Americans educating their neighbors in their communities and demanding action from their elected officials from the ground up...

More, https://www.citizen.org/news/los-angeles-city-council-votes-to-support-medicare-for-all-urges-congress-to-act/

-- Proponents of the resolution backing Medicare for All celebrate outside the City Council chamber room in Los Angeles after the 10 to 1 vote in favor of passage on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Photo: Bonnie Castillo/NNU/CNA)

* 'A Huge Moment for the Movement': Los Angeles City Council Approves Resolution in Favor of Medicare for All. "Today's resolution sends a powerful message to Congress that the people of Los Angeles demand that health care be treated as a right, not a privilege." Common Dreams, Nov. 5, 2019.

With a nearly unanimous vote on Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council—representing the nation's second most populous city—passed a resolution endorsing federal Medicare for All legislation. Labor unions and progressive advocacy groups applauded the 10 to 1 vote of the council as a key victory in the broader fight to win Medicare for All nationally.

Backers of the resolution specifically sought the council's officials approval of House Resolution (H.R.) 1384, The Medicare for All Act—introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)—which, according to a city council document, would "expand health care coverage, eliminate health care disparities, and lower the cost of health care for all United States residents."

"Nurses see the needless suffering of our patients every day. We can't do the jobs we are committed to doing under the current system—that is why we need and will fight for Medicare for All." —California Nurses Association

The California Nurses Association (CNA), the state's largest nurses union, celebrated Los Angeles becoming the largest city in the U.S. to adopt a resolution in support of Medicare for All...

More, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/05/huge-moment-movement-los-angeles-city-council-approves-resolution-favor-medicare-all

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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 06:41 PM

1. Yes,yes, quite a big deal!

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