Single-Payer Health Care Reform

Resolution Number BRG09.13

Single-Payer Health Care Reform

WHEREAS, President Barack Obama has affirmed again and again that he wishes to enact health care reform that includes a public government-run insurance plan, and having a window of opportunity now where dramatic change is possible with the majority of Americans, doctors and nurses supporting a single-payer healthcare system; and

WHEREAS, Congress is being presented with new, competing and conflicting reform ideas, with private insurance companies wanting health-care reform to earn them maximum profits if they start covering millions of uninsured Americans, but are not willing to abide by the fair rules, oversight and cost containment that Americans deserve; and

WHEREAS, Congress is beginning to debate legislation to restructure the nation's health-care system, with the aim of delivering a bill to President Obama by mid-October;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party reaffirms the principle of single-payer health care as an attainable goal, and urges the California Democratic Congressional Delegation to take the lead in supporting the single payer model and to work to bring about permanent cost reduction and universal, affordable and excellent health care for all; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if Congress does not pass single-payer health care, that instead, at a minimum, the law will include a provision ensuring that states maintain the ability to enact truly universal health care through a state-based, single-payer health plan, specifically with an amendment that authorizes state waivers to the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), in order to enable single-payer states to collect funds directly from employers and continue to collect funds from the appropriate federal programs.

Sponsored by: Region 10 Delegates: Susan Broidy; Cheryl Conway; Stew Jenkins;
Gabriel Zacaria; Hilda Zacarias; Chris Lanier; Sylvia Navarro; Cleo Navarro; Dorothy Reik;
Joseph O’Neill; Cleofas Navarro; Sylvia Navarro; Penny Strowger; Sandy Emberland
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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