Nurses plan “SiCKo” premiere blitz

Registered nurses, doctors, and healthcare and community activists will be outside theaters in more than 100 U.S. cities tomorrow night for the mass-market opening of “SiCKo,” director Michael Moore‘s indictment of the U.S. healthcare system. More than 20,000 RNs have already volunteered to participate, and an effort is afoot to get one million nurses to see the film.

Here in the Bay Area, California Nurses Association members will be outside Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater and San Francisco’s Empire West Portal Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, urging moviegoers to move “From SiCKO to Sanity” and act on the outrage they’re likely to feel after seeing the film by supporting HR 676, a House bill which would establish a publicly-administered single-payer healthcare system in the form of improved Medicare for all. (It’s similar to California’s SB 840.)

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.