RJ Eskow: With this bill, 17 senators – nearly one-third of the Senate’s Democrats, including several presidential prospects – are saying health care is a human right and a public good. That’s a declaration of principle.
Clifford J. Tasner: Why would the Speaker of the Assembly try to kill the one logical course forward to provide healthcare to all of California? It comes back to Insurance Company money.
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: The failed efforts to repeal and replace the ACA took up a lot of time and energy this year and left the country in no better position to deal with the ongoing healthcare crisis.
Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: Everyone on the left agrees that single-payer health care is the goal. But a purist approach will only mean defeat
Ryan Skolnick: Virtually all of Speaker Rendon’s other arguments can be answered with the same response, “the Assembly was always intended to be the place where the bill was completed.”
Jaime O’Neill: That grim conversation took place at UC Davis Med Center on January 29th of this year. Things immediately began to speed up. A date for surgery was hastily arranged, a surgical team assembled.
Rosemary Jenkins: Future parents must be educated, as well, in what to watch for in their children—born to them, fostered, or adopted. These guardians must be ready for early intervention.
Kate Harveston: Surprisingly enough, marijuana smokers showed increased lung capacity when compared to both smokers and non-smokers.
Malcolm Potts: Coach Sonny Dykes is paid $1.81 million a year (more than Governor Brown or UC President Napolitano) to teach men a game that is now proved to scramble their brains and cause decades of horrible suffering for many players.
Steve Hochstadt: Now most conversations with friends and family begin right after “hello” with talk about health care. “How are you?” is not a meaningless greeting, it’s an earnest question.
It goes without saying that the insurance companies and health providers are totally free to suck out your blood.
I’m particularly partial to “Ol’ Man Fibber,” their parody of Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, where I’ve lived all of my 67 years – and voted against the senate’s union-buster-in-chief all six times he’s run.
RJ Eskow: The transition to a single-payer system will be complex, but despite what the no-can-doers say, it is achievable. None of the obstacles that are cited are insurmountable.