“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 […]

LA Times Column: A new law aims to protect you from surprise (read: bonkers) medical bills

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In his column, David Lazarus takes a look at a real-world case of medical expenses for an uninsured entrepreneur and “bonkers” over-the-top expenses caused by the inherent dysfunction of the current for-profit medical care system . AB 1400 would provide healthcare insurance for all in CA and eliminate these nightmare scenarios. LA Times | January […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]