Secede? No. Lead? Yes! #SB562

California has been a national leader, from the ongoing environmental leadership in culture and regulation to (ugh) Prop 13 and Presidents Nixon and Reagan.
Well it might be our chance to lead again.  Senate Bill 562 is another attempt at health care for all in California.  I didn’t remember this, but we were here before.  In 2006 and 2008 we had CaliforniaCare blocked by the Governator.  Well now that the Federal Government under President Trump and his pick to ungovern the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (R-Georgia) is going to do what it can to Make America Pay Again for being sick.
Of course this is outrageous and of course we can and should do better by our citizens (residents/visitors) AND by our businesses.  This Republican goal of a free market for health care is a disgrace when we humans know instinctively that health care is a fundamental right in a society that can afford it.
Here are a couple of infographics that can help frame the discussion as we consider affordable health care for all.
  • All the top developed countries (save the US) already have universal health care.
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From The Atlantic.
Our cost of care is spectacularly expensive compared to other countries, we rarely see doctors (probably due in part to this expense), and our health outcomes are average compared to other developed countries.
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Oliver Uberti from National Geographic originally (I think)
To anyone paying close attention to politics in our country, the reason the wealthiest country in the world is also the only wealthy country without universal health care is because people make a great deal of money in the health care business and they have the power (and now leverage in Washington) to make sure the fleecing of Americans when they are sick can continue.
So as Washington abandons a national attempt at working toward coverage for all in favor of business and political interests, in Sacramento let us again show the country how to do the right thing.
#SB562.  Let’s do our research.  Let’s make sure Senator McGuire and Governor Brown is on board and let us remind the rest of the country what a modern society looks like.

references:

Sacramento Bee 2/17/17:  California bill calls for state-run health care system


advocacy emails:

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.

 

 

 


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4 thoughts on “Secede? No. Lead? Yes! #SB562

  1. ralph says:

    CA is not going to Secede. The idea is ridiculous nonsense. However, the State of N. California is totally reasonable. Of course, this would mean in this past Presidential election that Trump would have won by a landslide in a hypothetical State of N. CA if it had existed..

  2. Another Deplorable says:

    having a ‘good’ social welfare and health care system does not make Obama care a ‘good’ thing. It is a complete disaster and unconstitutional. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows’ ear.

  3. Shak says:

    The legislative branches smoozing with the insurance lobbyists combined into a healthcare disasters problem. Plan ahead, create a crisis, then offer a solution.
    Their solution to their legislative created crisis? Give full reign to legislative branch.
    Our solution? Fire all legislators who create crisis after crisis for gain. Go back to liberty.
    Insurance is a mafia game. If you don’t pay up, we will release pandemics like you’ve never seen before.
    Pay as you go, with community fundraising gives power to the people.
    Paying hundreds upon hundreds of dollars per month for 50-60 years only to be hit by a terrorist driven bus, is political.
    Donating a few hundred per month directly to a patient in need, leaves a ewhundred for other needful people. The people win, the political powers tuck their tails and run.
    Be all you can be, join the sane team. The people.

  4. Shak says:

    “Under single-payer, California would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others. ”
    Obviously you haven’t paid attention to the legislative branches wheelings and dealings with pharmafia lobbiests over the years. It was their deals in the senate that passed laws barring and banning medicine cost breaks to seniors & the disabled on the new social medicare programs, since it began. That’s why a Veterans clinic can purchase aspirin for a buck, but the medicare clinic costs 100 bucks.
    Reference: 60 minutes, segment, Under the Influence. The longest lobby session to date at that time.

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