“Why I Voted No on the Healthy California for All Commission Final Report”

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Carmen Comsti is the lead regulatory policy specialist for the California Nurses Association / National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). PANA has had the honor and pleasure of having her join previous forums we have held to address the need for comprehensive healthcare reform. She has also served for the last two years on Governor Newsom’s Healthy […]

PANA Members Lobby CA Assembly Committee on Appropriations Chair to Support AB 1400

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Following the victorious 11-3 vote in the CA Assembly Committee on Health on January 11, AB 1400 now advances to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, to be heard in a non-public session on Thursday, January 20, 2022. In preparation for the Appropriations hearing, PANA member Steven Gibson initiated a meeting with the staff  of Appropriations […]

Asian American young adults are the only racial group with suicide as their leading cause of death, so why is no one talking about this?

Suicide is the Number One Cause of Death for Young Asian Americans

Read the article posted on TheConversation.comhttps://theconversation.com/asian-american-young-adults-are-the-only-racial-group-with-suicide-as-their-leading-cause-of-death-so-why-is-no-one-talking-about-this-158030 In California, we urge you to support the campaign to pass AB 1400. This major healthcare reform bill would help rebuild the mental healthcare infrastructure destroyed by Ronald Reagan and Republicans in the 1980’s. Racially motivated violence looks like the mass shootings that killed Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Chung […]

PANA Urges AB 1400 “Aye” Vote

January 5, 2022     Assembly Member Jim Wood, Chair and Members Assembly Health Committee     RE: AB 1400 (Kalra, Lee, Santiago) – SUPPORT     Dear Chair Wood and Committee Members,   The Asian American community is experiencing an upsurge in hate crimes due to scapegoating of Chinese people as being the cause […]

Sick Around The World – 2008 Film on Healthcare Around the World Still Relevant

Four in five Americans say the U.S. health-care system needs “fundamental” change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health-care system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand […]

AB 1400 Would Finance Expanded Patient Care Rather than Corporate CEO Salaries

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The current private-insurer-controlled healthcare system is one of capital extraction. The rising premiums and deductibles we pay finance political corruption to the demise of patient care. This is why it has been a challenge to win healthcare-for-all even in a Democratic Party Supermajority state like California and why we must build increased grassroots power. Instead […]

Win Justice for Christian Hall!

Vigil to Honor Christian Hall

“A Mental Health Crisis is Not a Death Sentence” On December 30, PANA and Neighborhood Safety Companions (NSC) were not deterred by rain as they joined calls for justice in downtown L.A. on the one-year anniversary of Christian Hall’s murder by Pennsylvania State Police. Organized by Answer Coalition, Los Angeles, other attendees included Anti-Asian Violence […]

US Ranks 36th Out of 37 Nations on COVID-19 Mortality

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https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj-2021-066768 A new study quantifies the loss in life expectancy due to COVID-19 in nations around the world. The US is in the worst tier, with a drop of nearly two years. Blame lays at the feet of mishandling by Trump, but also long-term degradation of public health and primary care access. Both must be […]

PANA Members Join “Knit the Revolution” Podcast on Medicare-for-All

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Tsukuru Fors, Reggie Wong and Taiji Miyagawa share experiences from their work to win healthcare-for-all, including AB 1400 in CA. How efforts by PANA to address the larger issue of inequality faced by Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are an example of how to build a broader, more diverse and powerful grassroots movement to win […]

US Surpasses 800,000 Pandemic Deaths

More than 800,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus, the highest recorded national death toll from the global pandemic. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59645307 The 800,000 total exceeds the populations of cities such as Boston or Washington DC. The milestone means nearly twice as many Americans have died during the pandemic as in World War 2. The US […]

Single Payer in CA Would Have Reduced COVID-19 Deaths

If we are to take a simple projection of COVID-19 death comparisons between the U.S.A. and countries with Single Payer, if CA had already implemented a Single-Payer healthcare system prior to the pandemic, we could have potentially reduced COVID-19 deaths by over 60K! We cannot afford to NOT pass AB 1400. Support the Cal Care […]