Health care is a human right. That’s why Californian needs Single-Payer, Medicare for All healthcare; and we need it now!
Why? A September 2019 Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Survey (California’s Future: Health Care) found that about seven in 10 California adults are “somewhat worried” or “very worried” about their ability to afford health care.
A Single-Payer, Medicare for All system will deliver better quality health care a lower cost, and cover more people at the same time
The Green Party has been a longtime supporter of single payer universal healthcare in California, starting with endorsing and supporting Proposition 186, the Single-Payer health care initiative in 1994.
This year in 2021 the Green Party endorsed CA Assembly Bill 1400: California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act. But despite holding 70-75% supermajorities in both houses off the state legislature, California Democrats failed to pass AB1400.
California Legislative Democrats only seem to “support” single-payer, conveniently in times when they know it will be vetoed by a Republican governor. But they don’t advance it out of the legislature when there is a Democratic Governor who could sign it into law (read ‘California Democrats Record on Health Care’ below.)
How would electing Greens make a difference? California needs a governor and a state legislature that is free from corporate influence which keeps us stuck without the healthcare that should be a basic right.
Too many state legislators and the governor accept large campaign contributions from industries they need to regulate — like the health care industry.
Greens don’t accept corporate donations (we stand for public campaigning of campaigns).
A Green governor would not be beholden to the industries opposing reforms and policies – like single-payer healthcare – that the majority of Californians support. Instead a Green governor would work with the social movements that are necessary to come together to achieve this needed reform.
California Democrats Record on Health Care
When there was a Republican Governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in office, Democrats in the state legislature passed State Senator Sheila Kuehl’s Single payer bills in 2006 and 2008, only to be vetoed by Schwarzenegger when they landed on his desk.
When there is a Democratic governor (Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom), state legislative Democrats don’t pass a single-payer bill to send to the governor.
• In 2012, SB 810 doesn’t get out of committee, several Democratic legislators who accepted insurance and pharmaceutical industry campaign donations prevent it from moving ahead
• In 2013-2016, no Medicare for All/SinglePayer health care bill is introduced, to protect centrist Dems legislators
• In 2016 Hillary Clinton campaigns against Medicare for All/SinglePayer
• In 2017, SB562 killed in committee by State Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, it is made into a two year bill, and dies in 2018
• In 2018 candidate Gavin Newsom is recorded promising to “lead the effort to get it [single-payer]done.”
• In 2020, Bernie Sanders wins the California Democratic presidential primary with 36% of the vote, making Medicare for All/SinglePayer a primary issue in his campaign. Joe Biden who is explicitly against it, receives 27.9% of the vote.
• In 2021, AB1400 fails to move ahead, dying in Assembly Rules, to be reintroduced in 2022. Newsom is criticized for not showing more support for the bill.