WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Thousands of health care workers were heading to Sacramento on Tuesday for a rally to raise awareness about proposed cuts to Medi-Cal.
The day-long event, called “We Are Medi-Cal,” was being billed as the largest health care rally in the state’s history.
It was expected to include 100 busloads of health professionals from all over the state, organizers said.
Some 1,200 administrators, physicians and other health care workers from the Los Angeles area were expected to be among them.
The rally was intended to focus concern on the threat that $1 billion could be cut from Medi-Cal.
Opponents maintain that the cuts would negatively impact health care services, especially for the poor and in rural areas of the state.
At least 100 workers boarded buses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood early Tuesday morning bound for Sacramento.
“Everybody knows someone who is on Medicare or uses Medi-Cal,” said Jason Fuentes, who works in the operating room at Cedars-Sinai.
It’s gonna affect everybody if these cuts do take place,” he said. “I’m going to send a message just like everybody else to see what we can possibly do.”
The Cedars-Sinai workers expected to get to Sacramento before noon. They planned to attend the rally and then turn right back around and make the long trip back home.