CALLING ON CALIFORNIA TO APPLY FOR All APPLICABLE WAIVERS ALLOWING CALIFORNIA TO IMPLEMENT A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WITHIN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
WHEREAS, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee recognizes that the COVID-19 Pandemic has laid bare the inherent failures and inequities of our current healthcare system; people of color and underserved communities have disproportionately paid with their lives, and the social and economic destruction caused by the pandemic was only made worse under a system not designed to deliver healthcare to everyone; and
WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party Platform recognizes “health care is a human right, not a privilege,” and calls for a “publicly-funded single-payer” system, now more than ever, California needs to be a leader in delivering healthcare for all; and
WHEREAS, when President Joe Biden takes office, California Governor Gavin Newsom will have the opportunity to apply for the 1332 State Innovation Waiver afforded under the Affordable Car Act (ACA), and any other applicable waivers needed to allow California to pursue a single-payer healthcare system; Governor Newsom ran on a Single-Payer platform and on his first day in office urged the Trump Administration and other lawmakers to allow states like California to innovate and tear down federal obstacles to help solve some of its most pressing problems such as the current health care emergency; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee calls on California to apply, within the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, for the 1332 State Innovation Waiver and any other applicable waivers needed which will allow California to create a Single-Payer healthcare system as permitted by the Affordable Care Act; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee will send this resolution to Governor Gavin Newsom.
Sponsored by Cheri Johansen AD18, Igor Tregub AD15, Andy Kelley AD15, Victor Aguilar AD18, Austin Tam AD18, Barisha Spriggs AD20, Bobbi Lopez AD15, Andrea Luna Bocanegra AD18,