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Healthcare advocates keep up the heat on McCarthy

Healthcare advocates keep up the heat on McCarthy

By Elizabeth Sanchez, Bakersfield.com, January 27, 2017 Hundreds of people from across California gathered in Bakersfield Friday — many arriving on buses — to express concerns to Congressman Kevin McCarthy about their future access to healthcare under a new presidential administration. People from Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Kingsburg, Riverside, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more first met up at Yokuts Park then marched to the House majority leader’s office hoping to relay one message: It’s time to “protect, improve and expand” programs like Medicare and Medicaid, not cut them. “I think it’s important our congressional representatives represent the interests of the […]

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Why I Marched – UDW caregivers attend the Women’s March

Why I Marched – UDW caregivers attend the Women’s March

On Saturday, January 21st, millions of women, men, and children in hundreds of cities around the world stood together in unity as part of the Women’s March on Washington. In California, it is estimated that 880,000 or 1 in every 45 residents attended a local march in dozens of cities across the state. For UDW members, the reasons to march were as diverse as the nearly 98,000 IHSS providers our union represents, but a sense of urgency and a passion to fight for our rights united us all. We were among the huge crowds of people standing up for the […]

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Obamacare repeal would hit California’s Central Valley hard

Obamacare repeal would hit California's Central Valley hard

By Ed Hernandez, the LA Times, January 26, 2017 Last week, I went looking for the real Obamacare. Not the one that’s been vilified by President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, but the Obamacare that’s otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, the one providing health coverage to more than 5 million people in California. I found it in the southern San Joaquin Valley, where the air quality ranks as the worst in the nation, where diabetes is common, where the opioid epidemic rages, where work in the agricultural fields breaks down a body before its time. I […]

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UDW Executive Director Doug Moore’s response to executive actions against immigrant families, Muslims, and refugees

UDW Executive Director Doug Moore’s response to executive actions against immigrant families, Muslims, and refugees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 25, 2017 UDW stands against President Trump’s executive action against immigrant families and planned action against refugees and Muslims We are disappointed and concerned about President Trump’s decision to follow through on divisive campaign promises that target immigrants, refugees, and Muslims. Increasing deportations, building a wall, and banning people from Muslim countries from entering the U.S. will not keep us safer. But they will tear our families apart, and fan the flames of hate and fear. In his State of the State address this week, Governor Jerry Brown reminded us that an estimated 27% of […]

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State senator holds hearing in Bakersfield on ramifications of repealing ACA

State senator holds hearing in Bakersfield on ramifications of repealing ACA

By Bakersfieldnow staff, Bakersfieldnow, January 19th 2017 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina convened an informational hearing of the Senate Health Committee on Thursday in Bakersfield to show “what is at stake should the Republican Congress follow through with its repeal plans” of the Affordable Care Act, according to his office. The hearing took place in the board chambers in the County Administrative Center. Hernandez’s office says repealing the ACA would “strike a devastating blow” to the health care for millions of Californians, and the state would suffer the loss of more than 200,000 jobs. He, along […]

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