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Local nurses host caravan in support of healthcare for all under CalCare

Posted at 7:21 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 02:41:01-05

Health care activists are demanding state legislators to pass California Guaranteed Health Care for All, or CalCare.

Central Coast nurses held a car caravan Saturday in San Luis Obispo to show their support for the bill.

Advocates say if passed, CalCare would provide universal health coverage for everyone - regardless of race, age, gender, and more.

"What CalCare would do is it would eliminate financial barriers to seeking care. As we've found during this pandemic, hours can make a difference between someone being intubated and on a ventilator or having a relatively easy course of care," said event organizer, Walter Heath.

Organizers of the event say the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for change.

"We look at tens of thousands of dollars every year paid out of our pockets - beyond what we pay for insurance - and that's debilitating. It's really hard to get ahead in life when you just constantly have the weight of medical bills on your back," said event organizer, Jamie Maravigilia.