Got a curious broadcast letter from Audra Strickland’s office. Finally getting around to going through the other mail and opened it. Many Ventura county voters got these “Health Care” letters from Strickland.
After reading it many times, it seemed to have no point other than to say Health Savings Accounts were all the rage, giving one “control” of their health care policies, a tax free account would motivate those without health insurance to purchase it, and would aid in driving down costs to the public at large – – – – and we can’t have it because the DEMOCRATS are blocking it!
Seriously, Strickland states “Unfortunately for Californians, the Democrat majority is blocking those bills” (Health Savings Accounts).
Hurray for the Democrats!
Health savings accounts pay for insurance policies. Health insurance policies are unbelievably expensive . When a family is not part of a group at work, these costs can eat up to $1000 per month.
Of course that is fine for a wealthy family, however a working to middle class family certainly can’t afford that. Well, unless that’s all they saved for, their health care and not their retirement. That is not to mention that the premium only pays for the honor of the policy. In addition to the monthly premiums, there are deductibles and copayments if you even think about using the insurance. Remember, insurance companies aren’t in the business of paying money. This can’t be called true health care, this is more like hemorrhaging.
Moreover, families with a sick family member may find it nearly impossible to obtain any coverage at all.
There must be some reason that most of the developed nations of the world are providing health care for their citizens. It might be viewed as the right thing to do.
But really aside from the Strickland letter blaming the Democrats for lack of a plan, there is little mention of better options. Such as state Senator Kuehl’s SB 840. One would wonder why our local elected official does not mention all of the alternatives. Certainly there are alternatives that can help all families, and certainly Democrats aren’t stopping folks from moving forward with at least Senator Kuehl’s plan.
In another letter, this time from Senator Kuehl, it appears that SB 840, the bill that would provide Californians with Universal Single Payer Health Care, is alive and well and gaining support with grass roots groups. Currently it is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
On Sunday, January 27th and Monday, January 28th, the American Medical Students’ Association held their hugely successful third annual rally and lobby day in Sacramento, which included a day long training that drew nearly 400 med students from all over the state. The fact that so many overworked medical students spent an entire weekend, even taking a rare day off from school, to advocate for single payer health care shows an unparalleled level of dedication and passion. AMSA students give every single payer supporter hope and inspiration as they push for passage of the bill.
Single payer advocates are also busy preparing for a historical strategy summit taking place in Los Angles later this month that will bring together representatives from the broad coalition of organizations dedicated to bringing single payer to California. The summit demonstrates the unprecedented development of the organized and operational single payer movement necessary to bring universal health care to California. It’s the kind of grassroots movement that has been largely absent in the history of health reform, and it’s just one example of the changing landscape of health care politics.
Please see more about this important proposal to end the health care crisis for all Californians here.
Filed under: Audra Strickland 37th District CA, Calfornia State Senator Sheila Kuehl 23rd District, Health Care | Tagged: Assemblymember Audra Strickland, California, Health Care, Senator Sheila Kuehl, universal health care |