Promote a Healthy California through Single Payer Healthcare

RESOLUTION 17-05.63

 

WHEREAS the 2016 California Democratic Party platform states, “California Democrats believe that healthcare is a human right not a privilege. We recognize the health and well-being of Californians cannot continue to be based on arbitrary private and public financial decisions and therefore advocates legislation to create and implement a publicly funded (single-payer), privately delivered, fiscally tractable, comprehensive, secure, high-quality, efficient, and sustainable health care system for all Californians” and the California Democratic Party has been on record for over a decade in support of a single payer system to guarantee universal healthcare for all in California; and

WHEREAS now is the time that Democrats locally and nationally need to unite behind a vision of universal healthcare that provides access and services to all, regardless of income or citizenship status, given that 81% of Democrats nationally support a Medicare for All-like system and studies have shown billions will be saved by moving to such a system with the last study showing it would save $344 billion in healthcare costs nationally over 10 years with $44 billion saved in California alone; and

WHEREAS we must move quickly to protect, improve upon, and expand the healthcare gains made under the Affordable Care Act, which are now under attack by President Trump and Congressional Republicans, as California could lose $20 billion in federal funds, negatively impacting the state budget and essential public health services like our public hospitals and publicly funded non-profit neighborhood clinics, which have had a long-term commitment of providing quality and culturally competent healthcare and emergency room access to vulnerable and poor communities;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports efforts to create a Medicare for All-like single payer program in California that would provide comprehensive, secure, and quality healthcare for all, including undocumented immigrants, and that essential to a strong single payer system is a vibrant public health system including our public hospitals, mental health services, and clinics, and a workforce that is protected and afforded opportunities throughout the transition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will transmit this resolution to the California Democratic Party, Democrats in the California Congressional delegation, and to all Democratic members of the California legislature.

Authors: Alysabeth Alexander, AD17; Peter Gallotta, AD17; Khin Khin Gyi, AD54; Andrew S. Becker, AD7; Derek Casady, AD78; Nancy Casady, AD78

Sponsors: CDP Regions 3, 15 and 17, Democratic Party of Sacramento County; Andres Ramos, AD 9; La Jolla Democratic Club; CNA delegation

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2017 Statewide Convention
Sacramento Convention Center

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