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California Joins Other States To Push For "Healthier" Health Care System

July 8, 2008

San Francisco, CA - Every American deserves quality, affordable health care. That's the message behind a new campaign for national health care reform that begins today in California, and around the nation. The coalition called "Health Care for America Now" includes more than eighty organizations that will launch campaigns in more than 50 U.S. cities.

Mari Lopez with California Partnership says the cities will work together on a plan to provide quality, affordable health care for everyone.

"It's about time that we start talking about a new system, and improving upon what we have, and finding a way for everyone to have access to health care when needed."

Anthony Wright with Health Access California says that in addition to working for a national plan, health care advocates will continue to push for state-wide health care reform.

"There's no place where the urgency for reform is greater than California. Californians are more likely to be uninsured than residents of all but five other states, and we're more likely to be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions."

The organizers say their goal is to get commitments from leaders at the federal level before 2009. The campaign will be announced in Los Angeles with Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and in San Francisco with Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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Lori Abbott/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CA