We and others have shared our stories with the public at TheRealKaiserPermanente.com -- real stories from real people, demonstrating the human toll of a system designed to withhold services from patients in need. In June, Courage Campaign promoted that website with a modest ad campaign on public transit. Kaiser's response was immediate. (Ask for therapy and Kaiser offers only silence, but run a few ads on BART trains and Kaiser execs suddenly swing into action.) But rather than deal with the problem and confront the issue head-on, Kaiser ran its own ads dismissing our stories as "a labor dispute," disregarding that Kaiser's mental health professionals blew the whistle on Kaiser on our behalf, for violating our rights.
Grammy-winning artist John Legend has penned a note to Californians urging them to support the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (AB 953) which sets out to update California's profiling law, improve public safety, protect the rights of all Californians, and advance community relations. "As a black man, racial profiling is something I am far too familiar with," he wrote in an email to Courage Campaign members. Legend also calls out his home state of California as having "one of the weakest racial and identity profiling laws in the country."
It was one of 17 similar events held Saturday throughout California, led by Courage Campaign and groups including Californians Against Fracking and Rootskeeper — all aimed at convincing Gov. Jerry Brown to call a halt to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which uses water and chemicals to fracture rock deep underground and release oil.
Protesters gathered at the Ocean Beach Boardwalk Saturday to protest Jerry Brown’s support for hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas extraction methods. The protest was led by the California based Courage Campaign, Californians Against Fracking and Rootskeeper.
So on this 50 birthday, we need to take back the overall narrative about Medicare. We need to fight to not only protect Medicare by eliminating these indefensible subsidies for big powerful corporations, but to make it better and expand it for all.
The Courage Campaign Institute recently launched an ad campaign against Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and claims the system prioritizes its reputation over the needs of its mental health patients. However, Kaiser firmly denies those allegations and says the ads are "the latest tactics in a union smear campaign."
A war of words--and advertisements--is taking place in California over long-simmering allegations that Kaiser Permanente has failed to provide adequate treatment and insurance coverage for patients who need mental health services.