Premed students of California banded together for the second subsequent year on the capitol steps in Sacramento on Jan. 16 to rally support for a universal healthcare system.
The event was organized by the American Medical Student Association, the largest and oldest student-governed independent organization in the nation.
Over 300 students attended this event to support a California state senate bill proposed by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) offering to create the California Health Insurance Agency, which would offer single-payer health coverage to the 36 million residents in California. In 2005, the same proposal in the form of the senate bill 840 was passed by the state senate and assembly but vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger.
‘Pharmaceutical companies don’t want a single-payer system because that would allow a lot more negotiating power by a single entity than is possible with multiple client hospitals and clinics,’ said David Brown, second-year premed student. ‘This is why Canadians pay half the price that we do for the same bottle of pills on average