Michael Moore received a rock-star style reception:
At a rally Moore and the California Nurses Association encouraged the Governor to sign Senator Sheila Kuehl’s bill that would set up a universal system similar to medicare for all.
“Mr. Schwarzenegger, do the right thing!"
And at a briefing with lawmakers, he argued insurance companies should be cut out of the healthcare equation because the question of profit is involved:
"When someone is wheeled into a hospital, that question should never be asked. That’s an immoral question in a humane society. To ask that question, where is the profit here – how is this going to affect our bottom line? How are we going to make money off of this sick person?”
Moore also met with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, who praised the filmmaker’s efforts:
“My hope is that this movie moves the California debate about universal healthcare forward, just as Al Gore’s an inconvenient truth moved our state’s landmark global warming bill AB 32 forward.”
Nunez has his own healthcare plan that doesn’t cover everyone – so does his counterpart in the Senate, Republicans in both houses and the Governor. They’re expected to work on a compromise this summer. Opponents of the single-payer approach include Schwarzenegger, who says government-run healthcare would create another unwieldy bureaucracy.