10,000 RNs Join National Campaign Featuring Unprecedented Coalition of
Healthcare Provider Groups Working for Guaranteed Healthcare


DENVER, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of Denver nurses
from the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association
is planning their "Scrubs for SiCKO" campaign event June 29, the opening
night of Michael Moore's new movie "SiCKO." This national campaign is
lining up nurses and doctors for opening-night showings of the movie in
theaters across the U.S. to talk to moviegoers about how to solve the
healthcare crisis -- and get the insurance companies, who are the source of
a systemic denial of care, out of the way. The Denver event will feature a
press conference before the film, in addition to the nurse outreach after
it. 10,000 nurses have already signed up to participate across the country.

What: Denver RNs Host "Scrubs for SiCKO" Event
When: Friday June 29, 7:00 pm
Where: Landmark Mayan Theater, 110 Broadway, Denver

The National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association
is conducting the campaign with an unprecedented coalition of nurses and
doctors organizations from coast to coast and is working on behalf of
legislation, HR 676 in Congress, that would establish a single-payer type
system which guarantees universal, comprehensive healthcare in the form of
an improved and expanded Medicare for all.
While every screen around the country will have nurses in attendance,
Denver is among nearly 100 cities that will also feature events leading up
to the showing.
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    Background:
    The caregivers will distribute information and urge moviegoers to join
    the drive for a fundamental overhaul of the nation's dysfunctional
    healthcare system -- as is so brilliantly described in "SiCKO." They will
    urge the audience to help pass guaranteed healthcare on a
    single-payer/Medicare-for-all model, including legislation such as HR 676
    (Conyers) now pending in Congress and several states, and make it a central
    focus of the 2008 presidential campaign.
    Calling it the "Scrubs for SiCKO" campaign, organizers will recruit
    registered nurses and doctors to every theater in the nation where "SiCKO"
    opens to ensure that caregivers -- in SiCKO scrubs -- are in the audience.
    Nurses and doctors have been seizing the "SiCKO" moment at events
    across the nation. The first public major screening of the movie came at a
    NNOC/CNA rally in California. Following that, a delegation of nurses and
    doctors from across the country spent last week on an East Coast bus tour
    to help energize the nurse grassroots. Along the way, they testified before
    Congress about the need for urgent, systemic change, and unveiled a new
    data study uncovering the financial ties between healthcare corporations
    and presidential candidates.
    Participants on the bus tour included the National Nurses Organizing
    Committee/California Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health
    Program, New York State Nurses Association, Massachusetts Nurses
    Association, United Steelworkers (USW) Health Care Workers Council,
    Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, United
    Nurses and Allied Professionals (Rhode Island), Communications Workers of
    America, and the New England Nurses Association. The Canadian Federation of
    Nurses Unions also participated.
    "SiCKO" profiles a number of Americans with insurance who have been
    denied needed care by their insurance companies, describes how the
    insurance-based healthcare system is structured to keep it that way, and
    provides examples of other industrialized nations where insurance companies
    do not stand in the way of medical care.
    The campaign will highlight the need for reforms that prevent insurance
    companies from denying care, and send a strong signal to politicians in
    Congress, state capitals, and the presidential race who are promoting
    insurance-based reforms.
    HR 676 and similar bills in several state legislatures would have one
    public entity collecting and disbursing all revenues for care delivered by
    our current, mostly private hospitals, clinics, and doctors -- similar to
    how Medicare works. The system is universal, assures comprehensive
    benefits, guarantees freedom to choose your provider, and controls costs.
    It also drastically curbs administrative costs -- and the waste caused by
    insurance company profits and paperwork. Similar versions are succeeding in
    nearly every other industrialized nation in the world.