About 25 people stood along El Camino Real in front of Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park on Thursday, July 30, rallying for a single-payer health care system.
They waved signs and handed out pamphlets, in solidarity with rallies across the country -- most notably in Washington, D.C.
Elise Sola, a 56-year-old woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said she will be without health insurance when the small architecture firm she works for in Menlo Park closes its doors. Her current policy costs just over $1,000 per month, she said, estimating she would make about $1,500 a month from unemployment insurance.
Asked how she was going to pay for the plan, she said she didn't know.
"I want health care for everybody, regardless of pre-existing conditions," Ms. Sola said. "That's why I'm here. This is really important to me, and to many of my friends."
The rally was organized by San Mateo County Democracy for America, and by the Raging Grannies -- sporting flamboyant hats, as always.
"What's going on is pretty scary," said Gail Sredanovic, a Menlo Park resident and raging granny, of the health care debate currently under way in Congress. "They're trying to strip out the health care, and force people to pay for unaffordable under-insurance."
The grannies circulated a petition for people to sign, saying they support the health care plan outlined by President Obama. Ms. Sredanovic said she could live with that plan, if it included a "respectable" government-run health care program, or "public option."