Now Is The Time For Single-Payer Healthcare

Now Is The Time For Single-Payer Healthcare

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Santa Cruz for Bernie started this petition to California Governor Gavin Newsom

The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California:

You have demonstrated support for the people's healthcare, as exemplified by your pioneering role as Mayor in implementing Healthy San Francisco in 2007, which is said to be the first time a local government attempted to provide health insurance for all. During your campaign for Governor of California in 2018, however, a universal single-payer healthcare system for our state was not initially among your key policy proposals. As the campaign heated up and other candidates were campaigning energetically in favor of a Medicare For All system for California, you gained a lot of support when you finally announced your support for such an equitable, not to mention cheaper solution to our state's healthcare morass. The boost in support for your candidacy due to your commitment to single-payer healthcare helped secure your success in the 2018 Primary election and subsequent election as Governor.

Since your election, the legislature introduced AB 1400, Guaranteed Health Care for All, in early 2021, which will establish CalCare as the universal single-payer healthcare system for California. AB 1400 has been endorsed by the California Nurses Association, the California Democratic Party, Our Revolution Chapter Santa Cruz for Bernie, among other many organizations. Unfortunately this bill has been placed in suspense until January when the next legislative session is expected to take it up again.

Many healthcare advocates in the state have been pushing for a single-payer solution since 1992 or before. Today we are at an opportune time to finally realize this vision. To make CalCare a reality, there are at least two important steps you can take now:
1) Publicly state your unequivocal support for CalCare and your intention to sign the bill because of its promise to provide quality healthcare to all Californians in a cost-effective manner; and
2) Move ahead in the process of obtaining a waiver from the US Health and Human Services Department so California can utilize federal Medicare and Medicaid funds to help finance our state single-payer program.

If you take these two actions in a timely manner, we, the undersigned adherents of Senator Bernie Sanders' declaration that healthcare is a right and not a privilege, pledge to actively campaign in the upcoming Recall Election to assure your retention as Governor of California. While we have no appetite for the recall or a Republican Governor, your success on September 14th will depend on the vigorous campaigning of passionate supporters. We advise you to give us the motivation to work for your victory.

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