“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 […]

Single-payer systems likely to save money in US, analysis finds

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Two dozen analyses of national and statewide single payer proposals made over the past 30 years have determined that a single-payer healthcare system would save money over time, likely even during the first year of operation By Laura Kurtzman, UCSF Thursday, January 16, 2020 The study, published Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in PLOS Medicine, comes as […]

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 […]

Financing single-payer health insurance: Myths and facts

Private Insurer Lies

Private insurance corporations spread lies about the “high costs” of single-payer to the tax payer to block meaningful healthcare reform. From Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Private insurance corporations spread lies about the “high costs” of single-payer to the tax payer to block meaningful healthcare reform. They have been successful only because of […]

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

Capital Extraction CEO Salaries

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 […]

Building API Power to Win Healthcare Equality

PANA held an online event on July 7, 2021 addressing healthcare disparities facing Asian communities in the U.S. and discussed how the bold legislative reform bill, AB 1400, the “CalCare Act” will address these historic and systemic inequalities. Featured speakers included CA Assemblymembers Ash Kalra, Alex Lee and Miguel Santiago. Real-world stories were shared from […]