Why the Healthcare Justice Movement is Just Getting Started in California and Beyond.
New York Times: Single-Payer Health Care in California: Here’s What It Would Take
By Paul Y. Song, MD
Physicians for a National Health Program & The Campaign for a Healthy California
As the sun begins to set on California’s two-year legislative session, it will officially signal the death of the Healthy California Act better known as SB562. After Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called SB562 “woefully incomplete” and banished it into legislative purgatory, it became quite obvious when none of its original co-sponsors or any other elected official emerged to fight on its behalf, that this would be its ultimate fate.
For all the “woefully incomplete” arguments made against 562 of it not having a funding mechanism, being dependent on federal waivers, and costing too much, Sacramento needs to explain its own hypocrisy. Why did the same assembly take up AB 1184 without providing any funding mechanism? Why did Sacramento rubber stamp Governor Brown’s fiscally irresponsible and grossly over-budget bullet train project and initiate construction without the guaranteed federal dollars and waivers that are desperately needed to complete it? How can Sacramento continue to call SB562 too expensive while ignoring the fact that our state already spends $368 Billion a year on healthcare of which 71 cents is already paid for by California taxpayers? And how can Sacramento continue to ignore and fail to address State Controller Betty Yee’s latest report of a $91.5 Billion unfunded healthcare retiree liability which increased $14 Billion from the year before, or our states’ $24 Billionannual school retiree healthcare liability?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – March 2018: Views on Prescription Drug Pricing and Medicare-for-all Proposals
By Patricia Cohen and Reed Abelson
New York Times
May 25, 2018
All the leading Democratic contenders in the June 5 primary have pledged support for a single-payer system run by the state. The front-runner, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, has made it the centerpiece of his campaign.
“There’s no reason to wait around on universal health care and single-payer in California,” he has declared.
Even beyond California, many Democrats are hoping to energize supporters by taking a cue from Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, which embraced a single-payer system, “Medicare for All.” But the idea primarily functions as a rallying cry.
“Voters are thinking about the fundamental values associated with single-payer,” said Kelly Hall, an independent health consultant who works with the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers in California, which has endorsed Mr. Newsom. “Almost zero voters have thought about the policy implications.”
Gubernatorial Hopefuls Look To Health Care For Election Edge
Majority support Medicare for all
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Published: Mar 23, 2018
The March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that more than a year into President Trump’s presidency, half of the public (52 percent) say passing legislation to bring down the price of prescription drugs should be a “top priority” for President Trump and Congress. Yet, less than half of the public (39 percent) say they are confident that President Trump and his administration will be able to deliver on the promise that Americans will pay less for prescription drugs than they pay now.
72% of Americans say drug companies have too much influence in Washington – more than say the same about the National Rifle Association
Pharmaceutical companies rank among the top organizations that the public – including majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans – say has “too much influence” in Washington. Seven in ten (72 percent) say pharmaceutical companies have “too much influence,” which is similar to other entities like large businesses and Wall Street, but much higher than the shares of the public who say the National Rifle Association (NRA), hospital groups, or doctors groups have “too much influence” (52 percent, 36 percent, 30 percent, respectively). There is stronger agreement among partisans on the influence of pharmaceutical companies with majorities of both Democrats (65 percent) and Republicans (74 percent) saying pharmaceutical companies have “too much influence” in Washington.
Charlie Munger: Health-care providers 'are artificially prolonging death so they can make more money'
By Pauline BartoloneMay 7, 2018
California’s leading gubernatorial candidates agree that health care should work better for Golden State residents: Insurance should be more affordable, costs are unreasonably high, and robust competition among hospitals, doctors and other providers could help lower prices, they told California Healthline.
What they don’t agree on is how to achieve those goals — not even the Democrats who represent the state’s dominant party.
“Health care gives them the perfect chance to crystalize that divide” between the left-wing progressives and the “moderate pragmatists” of the Democratic Party, said Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California-San Diego.
Consider the top two Democratic candidates, who both aim to cover everyone in the state, including immigrants living here without authorization.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — billed as a liberal Democrat — supports a single-payer health care system. That means gutting the health insurance industry to create one taxpayer-funded health care program for everyone in the state.
California Health Care Reform and the Impacts on Your Businesses Event at UCLA
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Published 8:50 AM ET Mon, 7 May 2018 Updated 9:25 AM ET Mon, 7 May 2018CNBC.com
The U.S. health-care system is "shot through with rampant waste," Charlie Munger tells CNBC.
"A lot of the medical care we do deliver is wrong," he says.
He claims, "A lot of our medical providers are artificially prolonging death so they can make more money."
Munger: Health-care system is shot through with rampant waste 5:32 PM ET Mon, 7 May 2018 | 05:33
The U.S. health-care system is "shot through with rampant waste" and has become "immoral," billionaire investor Charlie Munger told CNBC on Monday.
"A lot of the medical care we do deliver is wrong — so expensive and wrong. It's ridiculous," Munger, a vice chairman at Berkshire Hathaway, said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "A lot of our medical providers are artificially prolonging death so they can make more money," he claimed.
Will California fail financially without single-payer health care? Candidates for governor disagree
California Health Care Reform and the Impacts on Your Businesses
Thursday, June 7, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
UCLA Anderson, Room B301 (map )
110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
The US spends over 17% of GDP on health care vs 9% for the average of OECD countries, without better outcomes!
Do you suffer with the cost of individual insurance plans?
Do you struggle with providing health care coverage for your employees?
Do you cringe at the rising personnel burden due to annual premium increases?
Do you think Covered CA plans are too expensive and not viable over the long term?
If you answered yes to any of the above, join us for a panel discussion followed by Q&A to be moderated by Bruce Willison, UCLA Anderson Dean Emeritus.
Panelists will include:
Professor Deborah Freund from the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University
Dr. Paul Y Song, Physician, Biotech Exec and President of the CA Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program
Dan Geiger, Business Consultant and Co-Director of the Business Alliance for a Healthy California.
Come hear about the current state of health care in the US, both cost and benefit. Consider the impacts on businesses both large and small, including sole-proprietorships and entrepreneurs. Learn about proposals within the State of California to reduce cost and improve access while maintaining quality of care, including the possible establishment of a single payer health care system. Become a better informed voter in November!
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Under pressure, California Assembly pitches alternatives to single-payer health care
BY ANGELA HART
April 24, 2018 12:01 AM
Updated 3 hours 5 minutes ago
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the frontrunner for California governor says he "doesn't see an alternative" to a taxpayer-financed single-payer health care system run by state government.
If California doesn't drastically reshape the way health care is financed and delivered, he said, soaring health care costs will create a fiscal emergency that could bankrupt the nation's wealthiest and most populous state.
"We're on a path to insolvency," Newsom said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee's Editorial Board this month. "This is the budget. It's not a gross overstatement to say what I just said – insolvency."
Advocates for single-payer healthcare play the long game in California
BY ANGELA HART AND TARYN LUNA
March 26, 2018 12:01 AM
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is refusing to advance this year a controversial single-payer health care bill that would dramatically reshape the state's health care financing and delivery system. Instead, he's orchestrating an alternative, narrower approach that seeks to achieve universal coverage and make Obamacare more affordable.
Rendon this year gave lawmakers in his house "autonomy to come up with a package" of health care bills, he said in a recent interview. Now, without engaging the other side in the Senate, the Assembly has unveiled a major legislative push on health care that would expand coverage and lower consumer costs while laying the groundwork for a future system financed by taxpayers.
Opinion: Single-payer provides best cure for California health care
By LAUREL ROSENHALL, CALMATTERS | CALmatters
The Mercury News
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2018 at 8:00 am | UPDATED: February 18, 2018 at 9:39 am
By many measures, the rambunctious campaign for a single-payer health care system in California appears to be floundering.
A bill that would replace the existing health care system with a new one run by a single-payer — specifically, the state government — and paid for with taxpayer money remains parked in the Assembly, with no sign of moving ahead. An effort by activists to recall Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for shelving the bill has gone dormant. And an initiative that would lay the financial groundwork for a future single-payer system has little funding, undercutting its chances to qualify for the ballot.
Nurses union says SB 562 is a humane alternative to our dysfunctional and often heartless profit-based health care system.
The Mercury News
PUBLISHED: February 6, 2018 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: February 6, 2018 at 9:24 am
Imagine you are enduring excruciating abdominal pain so severe it forces you to rush to the emergency room. When diagnostic tests conclude it’s ovarian cysts, not an appendicitis, as you feared, your insurance company informs you that they won’t cover the staggering $12,596 bill.
That happened to a Kentucky woman who is “covered” by Anthem, an insurer Californians know well. Anthem is adopting a new policy to deny ER claims it deems “non-urgent,” no matter how long you have been paying for insurance that is apparently useless when you need it the most.
Welcome to our dysfunctional and often heartless health care system, based on profits and ability to pay, and laden with discrimination based on gender, race, age, income and where you live.