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A Real Solution to Rising Health Care Costs

State: 
California
Who Decides? 
Officials
Current Status: 
Blocked

AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS IN CRISIS. Health care costs are rising faster than families can afford. Today, one-in-three Americans with health insurance say they struggle to afford their insurance plans as health care costs soar.1 Insurance premiums have risen 20% in the last 5 years alone with the average premium now $18,142 per year for a family of 3 and $6,435 per year for individuals.2 Deductibles have risen even faster. The average deductible for the cheapest health plan on the ACA exchange is $12,393 for a family of 3 and $6,092 for individuals.4 Health care-related bankruptcies continue to rise. 

While healthcare costs would be even higher without ObamaCare, the status quo is hardly sustainable. Americans need relief now. As Republicans devise their own solution, two California Democrats, Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, have proposed their own: SB-562 - The Healthy Califronia Act.

SB-562l would introduce a single-payer healthcare system to the state. Premiums, copays, and deductibles would be replaced with a single tax like that for Medicare. Networks would no longer exist and Californians could see any doctor at any hospital simply by showing a valid form of California ID.5 All forms of medical care would be covered including:5

inpatient care

outpatient care

emergency care

pre-existing conditions

dental care

vision care

mental health coverage

nursing home care

Republicans and moderate Democrats warn that a single-payer health care system would be too expensive for the state and drive up healthcare costs even more. The complete opposite is true. Single-payer health care is proven to be less expensive, more comprehensive, and more effective than our current health care system. This is because it eliminates the largest source of waste in healthcare: private, for-profit health insurers. The business model of private health insurers is simple: maximize profits by denying or limiting health care. Health insurers waste $475 billion of patient dollars per year on non-medical related costs such as marketing, lobbying, administration of medical claims, and multi-million CEO salaries. Even with ObamaCare, private health insurance companies continue to enjoy record profits.6

It’s time to end our expensive and inefficient health care system. It's time to eliminate the middle-man between patients and doctors. It's time to implement a single-payer health care system in California. Support SB-562: The Healthy California Act.

http://kff.org/health-costs/poll-finding/data-note-americans-challenges-with-health-care-costs/
http://kff.org/report-section/ehbs-2016-section-one-cost-of-health-insurance/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/09/22/health-plan-deductibles-are-growing-seven-times-as-fast-as-wages/?utm_term=.0e647ce47461
https://www.healthpocket.com/healthcare-research/infostat/2017-obamacare-premiums-deductibles#.WRjDnrsrIUs
http://lgbtweekly.com/2017/03/30/sens-lara-and-atkins-release-key-details-on-healthy-california-act/
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/health-insurance-industry-rakes-in-billions-while-blaming-obamacare-for-losses-110116.html

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The State Senate passed the bill (sponsored by the California Nurses Association) in May of 2017, sending it to the State Assembly. But the bill was abruptly put on hold by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles), stating that the bill was "woefully incomplete." Leaders of the California Nurses Association were livid, calling the timing of the announcement "cowardly" and Rendon’s message "disingenuous."

Based on his decision to block the legislation, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon is facing a challenger in the Nomvember 6 General Election. Maria Estrada, a progressive activist, is running to unseat Rendon. She is a supporter of single-payer healthcare.

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To get involved with the campaign, donate or sign-up to volunteer on our website: https://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/.

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