Healthcare Update October 2017

The League of Women Voters of California supports in concept SB 562 (Lara and Atkins)

The LWV California has advocated for a single payer health care system for more than a decade.

We recognize the Affordable Care Act is not perfect and we are continuing to push for reform and support in concept with the passage of SB 562, the Healthy California Act. (Of note, Senator Sanders has introduced S. 1804- Medicare for All 2017 in the United States Senate.)

We have known for decades that a single payer system like Medicare for all will save money and lives, but progress has been slow. This is clearly changing and it’s a direct result of the volunteer work to build the grassroots energy around Medicare for All.  

The California 2017 legislative year ended without the Healthy California Act (SB 562) moving forward. This means it is now a two-year bill that can move forward in 2018. BUT…Speaker Anthony Rendon, when he put the bill on hold in the Rules Committee, stated SB 562 was held “indefinitely”. So for the bill to move forward we must continue to build our powerful movement and make sure our leaders step up and make it a reality in 2018 with SB 562.

 The Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that under the Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, California would lose $78 billion in federal money for the Medi-Cal insurance program for the poor and in federal subsidies for low-income residents who buy health insurance through Covered California, the state exchange created under the Affordable Care Act—more than any other state.

— Carol Kuiper, VP-Program