- All the top developed countries (save the US) already have universal health care.
Sacramento Bee 2/17/17: California bill calls for state-run health care system
From Shannon Jackson of Bernie’s Our Revolution: (received 2/22/17)
The California Legislature is on the brink of passing one of the most momentous bills in the history of the United States. S.B. 562 declares health care to be a human right, and its framework establishes a universal single-payer health coverage program for all Californians. With an effective cost control system, this bill guarantees health care to ALL people. In short, this bill will save people’s lives.
We must ensure S.B. 562’s passage. Please call your state senator now to voice your support for a universal single-payer health care system.
No longer will sick people be denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions or risk death by avoiding the doctor for fear of unaffordable insurance premiums. No longer will the cost of prescription drugs and medical procedures be unattainable. S.B. 562 would ensure that every person receives the health care they need when they need it.
The American people agree. In the years since the Affordable Care Act passed, millions of people became insured for the first time but many remain to this day without coverage. Now California has the opportunity to lead the nation forward.
Please call your state senators telling them to vote “YES” on S.B. 562.
In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, people have a right to health care, no matter their income or medical history. Along with the immense outpouring of support from our friends at the California Nurses’ Union, your phone call can tilt the balance in our favor.
From Tim Molina of the Courage Campaign: (edited to remove (most) of the spamishness, emphasis is mine). Received 2/22/17
California is leading the way again! As Republicans threaten to rob 30 million people of lifesaving health care, State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins just introduced the Healthy California Act, which would guarantee health insurance for all of our 38 million residents!
This is a gamechanger — health care for all would keep insurance companies honest, contain rising healthcare costs, and, most importantly, save lives. If it passes here, we’ll set an example that will spread to other states.
Passing this bill won’t be easy. An army of health care industry lobbyists will use every dirty trick in the book to try to stop any threats to their employers’ bottom line.
For years, Republicans have called for the death of the Affordable Care Act, with no meaningful plan to replace it. Now that they control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, they have the tools needed to gut the law, putting health care for millions of Americans in jeopardy.
Protecting the Affordable Care Act must be our first priority. But for the first time, California could have the political will to provide a real public option that could bring a long-term solution to America’s healthcare crisis. And that solution is a health care plan that works for all: a single-payer system.
Under single-payer, California would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others. Every resident would be covered and have more choice. Health care funds would be pooled in a publicly run fund, using the bargaining power of California’s global economy. And if all goes as planned, prescription drug costs would be managed, and out-of-control co-pays and high deductibles would disappear.
This is not the first time California has tried to make single-payer a reality. Our state legislature passed a single-payer bill in 2006, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was passed and vetoed again in 2008.
This time around, the energy and moment is there. With the health of millions at risk, California has the chance to both protect all of its residents and model what is possible to the rest of the nation. It’s an incredible opportunity. The power to capitalize on this opportunity is in your hands. Together, we can resist the Republican attacks on health care reform just like we’ve resisted Trump’s Muslim ban and immigration policies.