For years, California’s unions have led the fight for better, more affordable health care for all in California. The passage of federal health reform expands coverage to the uninsured, but more work remains to control costs, increase quality and improve the health and well-being of our members and all Californians. . California needs to lead the way in the containing costs, increasing access and quality and laying the groundwork for a single-payer health care system.
We must fight the unfair federal excise tax on our health benefits. We need to increase price transparency and implement policies to contain costs. We need to strengthen regulation of the health insurance industry and create a single-payer health care system. We still need to protect the state’s ailing safety net institutions, expand the health care workforce, extend coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status, and improve the quality of the health care we all receive.