Elizabeth White, Montara Davis, Maria Estrada, Jestin Samson
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Medicare for All, also known as a single payer system, is one of the most pressing issues in society and politics today. Because special moneyed interests have an unprecedented grip on the American healthcare system, we live in the most expensive nation to get sick in the world. No other country is trying to emulate our system because it is so exceptionally fractured and harmful. Only in the USA do families commonly go bankrupt due to medical bills. Fighting for our fundamental right to healthcare, this diverse and experienced panel will discuss:
- The negative impacts of our current system on various communities
- Obstacles to our movement for health care justice
- Solutions to those challenges
- How to engage various communities in the struggle for single payer health care
Elizabeth White is a leader in the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), a healthcare workers union. She has lead successful statewide actions for mental health workers in California. She educates healthcare workers on how to most effectively advocate for their patients for healthcare justice. She is a cochair of the Los Angeles-based labor coalition for single payer, Labor United for Universal Healthcare. She has served as a clinical social worker for 25 years, most recently at Kaiser Permanente.
Montara Davis works as a Registered Nurse and has traveled as an RN to various states. Currently living in California, she witnesses and experiences the injustices of the current healthcare system firsthand.
Maria Estrada is one of the founding members of Compton for Bernie, she is on the board of the Native Women’s Unity Association, was a state delegate in the 64th district and a corporate-free candidate for State Assembly in the 63rd district. She is a mother, a grandmother and an activist and believes that the people of this state are not being served by their government. She is an activist fighting for single-payer healthcare for all and, as a candidate in the 63rd AD, is running against the Speaker of the Assembly of California, Anthony Rendon, who blocked Senate Bill 562, which would have provided single-payer healthcare for all Californians.
Jestin Samson was a Democratic candidate for the California State Senate’s 34th District. Samson’s inspirations to run stemmed from both Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign and witnessing his mother’s struggle to battle cancer and to afford the healthcare she needed. Samson made passing single-payer legislation his primary campaign promise and used his campaign to educate voters on the benefits of single-payer. Prior to running, Samson was a 2014 graduate at California State University, Fullerton, where he majored in political science and philosophy and minored in religious studies. Currently, Samson works with the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition (OCPAC), an organization whose goal is to resolve Orange County’s homeless crisis in a humane manner. Likewise, Samson still serves as a progressive activist, passionately advocating for single-payer healthcare and using his experience as a candidate to improve his activism. Samson is considering a run for public office sometime in the future.