Several weeks ago my car was in the shop, and I walked home along the Pacific Coast Highway. Nearly every parked car along one long stretch, not too much of an exaggeration, was occupied by a sleeping young homeless person.
It would cover every American, give them a choice of plans and fill in the holes in the current state and federal and private insurance plans. It's a coherent vision for the future evolution of our health system. The Center for American Progress calls it Medicare Extra.
There are already many different models for single payer in this country – Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, public hospitals and Kaiser Permanente. If you prefer model of single payer which one do you want? What features do you prefer?
Last year, the Assembly Speaker held up the single payer bill, SB 562 (Lara) to assess whether and how the measure could be financed. Its major proponents, the California Nurses Association were furious.
There will be continuing efforts to undermine and repeal the Affordable Care Act, and we need to defend its important progress. Now is the time to discuss and begin to decide on the next steps to improve it. California has done a remarkable job in its implememtation, but we can do even better. Here are some preliminary thoughts.
Russia intervened in our elections to see that its favored candidate won. Much to everyone’s surprise their favored candidate, President Trump, did so. Whether there was or was not collusion with the Trump campaign, we’ll know at some point.
Essentially, there are five issues for decision in the Senate immigration debate (when and if it ever happens): status for the dreamers, impact on their parents, funding for the wall, restrictions on legal immigration and sanctuary cities. There are a lot of moving parts.