Analyzing Cost Savings to Communities by Providing Health Care for All

Resolution Number SD09.25

WHEREAS, a declared position of the California Democratic Party in the current national debate on health care reform is support for universal single-payer health care, with everyone in and no one left out, but in the national debate single-payer is being neglected and there has been no exploration of the significant fiscal benefits it might offer during this worst recession since the Great Depression; and

WHEREAS, the national debate on health care reform may be but a precursor to a more productive debate within California on the passage of universal single-payer health care for our state, if the national government fails to adopt single-payer, with the relative cost to taxpayers being a likely point of public concern; and

WHEREAS, the finance departments of many counties, cities, and school districts throughout California have executed cost/benefit analysis and calculated the savings to their respective budgets, should universal single-payer be adopted, i.e. the City of Santa Monica would realize a six million dollar savings per year, and the County of Santa Clara reports savings of $190 million;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party, both as a matter of principle and as sound fiscal policy, supports universal single-payer health care and encourages local cities, school districts and counties to pursue cost/benefit analysis of potential savings from single-payer health care for all.

Authors: Leah Herzberg, AD 41 (Endorsed by Los Angeles County Democratic Party;
Valley Democrats United; \xe2\x80\xa8Progressive Democrats Los Angeles (PDLA); Progressive Democrats Santa Monica Mountains (PDSMM); \xe2\x80\xa8Julie Lopez Dad, Chair, AD 41 Committee; CDC; CDP Region 10

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Adopted by the Executive Board\xe2\x80\xa8
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting\xe2\x80\xa8
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel, San Diego\xe2\x80\xa8
November 15, 2009

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