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Hundreds line up for hearing on health plan

Hundreds of union activists and others filled the halls Wednesday afternoon on the state Capitol's fourth floor waiting in line for a seat in the Senate Health committee.

On the agenda: The Democratic health plan authored by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez.

Activists, many sporting purple SEIU gear, stretched the length of the fourth floor and then snaked into the adjacent hall.

Rachel Richman, the campaign coordinator for It's Our Healthcare, which organized many of those in attendance, estimated more than 400 people showed up. One woman brought a chair.

Many waited in line for 45 minutes to an hour.

"Oh, too long," lamented Elizabeth Anderson, who traveled from San Mateo with ACORN.

"We want health care reform right now," she said.