I have written and tweeted to stories about this very subject. A non-governmental observation with distinct clarity has proven to me that the most logical solutions are not the one’s that are implemented. Oligarchic influences and “special” interests outside the moneyed class have much to lose if this proposal follows through. Never mind that some of these same entities will benefit with a guaranteed income stream of new business. There are two existing successful models for what California is trying to do. Medicare and the VA. Virtually every other industrialized country has a version of universal healthcare as a right for its citizens. Medicare has issues regarding what they will and won’t pay for, and this is not always communicated properly to medical professionals and especially patients. As a personal example, my physician writes a prescription for Ondansetron, nausea and vomiting inhibitor that actually works, and is recommended for cancer patients all the way down the sickness chain. When it was first prescribed for me, Aetna, the Medicare Rx provider in my area, would pay for it. For what has been cited as cost reasons, they decided not to pay for it without notice to me (not that they are required to tell me…). It is their system, they write and can change the rules of the game without my consent; I get that. Despite this, it’s still better than not having the option at all or having to pay full retail for this, last time I checked, around $5 a pill. Any system has flaws, but they can be fixed if the parties are so inclined. Our job is to force their inclination.
Update April 27, 2017: BILL CLEARS FIRST HURDLE WITH SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE APPROVAL!
Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are celebrating the California Senate Health Committee’s passage this week of SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. Full details of the bill may be viewed here http://bit.ly/2ng5hUg
Lots of states have tried this without success, the most recent being Colorado (Mattie Quinn, 2016). Don’t overlook California, they just may have the answer.
The battle over the American Health Care Act has devolved into a question of whether Paul Ryan can save face by passing something out of the House that he knows can’t advance in the Senate.
Since this post is covering California’s attempt to get to Universal Health Care, another perspective is necessary to conceive the way forward. If it were easy, it would have been done. Despite universal health care being the standard throughout the world, we (the US) just has to be different, because. Universal Health Insurance /= Universal Health Care. This point cannot be emphasized enough. This article talks about various and sundry politicians with incremental views, such as the current Lt. Governor to cardinal views on Single Payer, essentially Medicare for all or the VA System.
But it could take years and billions of dollars to achieve coverage for everyone — if it happens at all.
Mattie Quinn. (2016, November 9). Single-Payer Health Care Takes a Big Hit at the Ballot. Retrieved April 12, 2017, from http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-colorado-single-payer-health-2016-ballot-measure.html