'Knock-Every-Door,' CNA to Canvas South Sacramento-9th Assembly District For Single Payer Healthcare

January 26, 2018 |

In a sign of fissures in the California Democratic Party, groups advocating for a single-payer healthcare system will be canvassing a Sacramento neighborhood to generate support for the proposal. 

The effort, which is being organized by the California Nurses Association and the Knock Every Door activist group, will be contacting voters in a portion of the 9th California Assembly District. This Sunday the canvassers will converge on a south Sacramento neighborhood that is represented by Jim Cooper ( D - Elk Grove). 

As part of the progressive movement, the two groups will be talking about Senate Bill 562 which, if enacted, would establish a single-payer healthcare system in California. The goal of creating a single-payer system is being sought in the backdrop of the uncertainty surrounding the federal Affordable Healthcare Act - Obamacare - which has been under almost continuous onslaught by conservative Republicans since its enactment. 

In their posting on this weekend's effort, the groups said "We’re turning up the heat on key members of the Assembly to make sure they hear from their constituents. Join us this Sunday, January 28th in Assemblymember Jim Cooper's district in Sacramento to talk to our neighbors about what Medicare-for-All could do for their lives and ask for their support."  

The topic has generated considerable controversy following the California Senates passage of the Senate Bill 562 last year. After passing in the State Senate, action in the Assembly was stopped by Speaker Anthony who Rendon expressed numerous concerns with the legislation, most notably how it would be financed.

During an Elk Grove town hall meeting held last July following Rendon's action, Cooper offered qualified support for a single-payer system. While Cooper said he supports the idea, he echoed the concerns of Rendon and other Assembly Democrats stating the Senate's legislation was not "fully cooked" in terms of financing.   

"We have to find a funding mechanism," Cooper said at the Elk Grove meeting. "How do we pay for it."

The volunteers will go door-to-door on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information on the event can be viewed here

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