Correspondence, newsletters, minutes, agendas, and memoranda.
The California Physicians' Alliance (CaPA) was started in May, 1987 as an organized group of physicians committed to the struggle
for a single-payer health care plan, at both the state and federal level. The director of the group from 1987 to 1991 was
Michael Pincus. He worked in conjunction with a council of presidents including Dr. Kevin Grumbach and Dr. Tom Bodenheimer.
CaPA was a member-group of Health Access (HA) and Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and worked closely with
these organizations to further their cause of health care for all. Under the directorship of Mike Pincus, whose collected
materials are the source of this collection, CaPA supported several health care bills. These included Bill No. 36 and Bill
SB2686 by California Senator Nicholas Petris. CaPA was also responsible for writing the Right to Health Care Initiative which
became Proposition 186. In addition, CaPA was in correspondence with many groups and individuals, including the Berkeley Gray
Panthers and the Sacramento Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO. Today, CaPA is largely merged with PNHP, although they maintain
a separate identity in California. However, the group remains committed to working toward "...a national health program that
guarantees one standard of comprehensive health care to all people."
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