State of California Archives: on Health Care


Alex Padilla: 2006: Fought for universal health care

In 2006, Alex was elected to the State Senate. He fought for universal health care, stopping tobacco sales to minors, fighting diabetes and obesity, expanding patient protections and improving food safety.
Source: 2022 California Senate campaign website Alex-Padilla.com Dec 23, 2020

Xavier Becerra: Healthcare is a right, will fight for access to all services

Attorney General Becerra is committed to protecting access to health care for all Californians. Health care is a right, and the Attorney General will fight for your right to access all health care services.
Source: California Attorney General website: Biden Cabinet Dec 16, 2020

Gavin Newsom: CalAIM: physical health & mental health inextricably linked

This year, we have proposed CalAIM, a once-in-a-generation reform of our Medi-Cal system, based on the obvious, but long-ignored principle, that physical health and brain health are inextricably linked. Health care and housing can no longer be divorced. After all, what's more fundamental to a person's well-being than a roof over their head? Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics.

Policy is an empty promise without creating more placements. One clear opportunity to do this is by reforming the Mental Health Services Act. Reform must focus funding on street homeless, at-risk and foster youth, and those involved in the criminal justice system. We should compel counties to spend more by lowering the 33% reserve threshold they are allowed to hold back. My message is this: spend your mental health dollars by June 30th, or we'll make sure they get spent for you.

Source: 2020 California State of the State address Feb 19, 2020

Tom Steyer: 2016: Increase cigarette tax by $2 per pack

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records Jul 2, 2019

Gavin Newsom: We will lead a massive expansion of health care

As the most populous state and the country's biggest economy, Newsom's actions carry outsize weight--and are guaranteed outsize publicity.

Consider the national attention it garnered when Newsom signed an executive order in March halting executions-- sparing 737 people on California's death row. Witness the proclamation his office wrote last month "welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights" after a wave of conservative states took steps to limit abortion. Newsom is outspoken on immigration, traveling to El Salvador earlier this year in his first international trip as governor.

"We're going to get it,'' Newsom insists. "We're committed to universal health care. Universal health care means everybody--We will lead a massive expansion of health care, and that's a major deviation from the past.''

Source: Politico.com on 2018 California Gubernatorial race Jun 17, 2019

Xavier Becerra: 133M people with pre-existing conditions rely on ObamaCare

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act's health insurance will continue despite the federal judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional and must be "invalidated in whole." U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, a federal judge in Texas appointed by President George W. Bush, ruled that last year's tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under ObamaCare by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote.

Congress is unlikely to act while the case remains in the courts. Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general, vowed to appeal the decision. "Today's ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.'s consumer protections for health care, on America's faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans," Becerra said in a statement, obtained by The New York Times.

Source: Fox News on 2022 California Senate race Dec 15, 2018

Kevin de Leon: For health care to be accessible, it must be affordable

In my district, the emergency room at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is unfortunately the primary health care provider for many of my constituents. We need to keep in mind that many working families struggle everyday to pay for their rent, utilities, and other necessities--in order for health care to be truly accessible, it must also be affordable.
Source: 2018 California Senate campaign website KevinDeLeon.com Jan 1, 2018

Michael Eisen: Gutting Obamacare leaves those in need without healthcare

Paul Ryan's Tweet: Meet Cindy: a single mom, making $30,000 per year, who hopes to one day get beyond living paycheck to paycheck. With a $700 increase in her tax refund each year under our tax bill, Cindy can start saving for her future.

Eisen's response: Until her daughter gets diabetes. Then the fact that you gutted Obamacare, leaving Cindy and her daughter without health insurance, forces her to sell her kidney to buy insulin.

Source: Twitter posting on 2018 California Senate race Nov 19, 2017

Michael Eisen: Gutting ObamaCare leaves people without health insurance

Paul Ryan's Tweet: Meet Cindy: a single mom, making $30,000 per year, who hopes to one day get beyond living paycheck to paycheck. With a $700 increase in her tax refund each year under our tax bill, Cindy can start saving for her future.

Eisen's response: Until her daughter gets diabetes. Then the fact that you gutted ObamaCare, leaving Cindy and her daughter without health insurance, forces her to sell her kidney to buy insulin.

Source: Twitter posting on 2018 California Senate race Nov 19, 2017

Delaine Eastin: Provide universal healthcare for all

Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the wealthy. California is the sixth largest economy in the world. We need to ensure universal healthcare for everyone in our state regardless of what happens in Washington D.C.
Source: 2018 California Gubernatorial website DelaineForGovernor.com Sep 1, 2017

Kamala Harris: Require pharmaceutical companies to allow generics

She filed a friend-of-the-court brief signed by thirty-one other state attorneys general in 2011 in a Supreme Court case looking to end the practice of drug companies paying competitors to keep generic versions of their drugs off the market.
Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2018 California Senate race Aug 10, 2017

Gavin Newsom: Supports HealthySF: available to all uninsured residents

He's even prouder of the HealthySF program that makes health insurance available to all uninsured residents of the city, without regard to their immigration status. "You can get an insurance card and get care and you pay on the basis of income," he said. "It's unique in America."
Source: The Union on 2018 California gubernatorial race Jul 31, 2017

John Chiang: Fix Obamacare instead of repeal

Chiang said the ACA isn't perfect, but has contributed to a job boom and 4 million Californians gained health care coverage under Obamacare. "97 percent of kids in California have coverage now," he said. Chiang suggested fixing the ACA's weaknesses rather than "having a dramatic pullback," he said. "Everyday Californians, they're very, very scared."
Source: Orange County Register on 2018 California gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2017

Ro Khanna: ACA is a good start; improve ObamaCare

The Affordable Care Act--commonly known as Obamacare--must be properly implemented to improve the status of healthcare in our country. While the ACA is a good start for better healthcare in this country, it is in our hands to oversee its successful implementation and to continue strengthening American healthcare over time--especially as some members of Congress repeatedly attempt to repeal the law and others seek to strip its preventive measures and other core provisions. That said, we must to be open with American people and ensure that those who have been surprised by policy cancelations as a result of Obamacare are able to keep their plans for the next year. We need to honor the commitment that people get to keep plans they want, and I am encouraged that the Obama Administration is working on this important fix. We also need to take measures to lower the cost of health care so that working families and the middle class do not face rising premiums.
Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com Nov 8, 2016

Jerry Brown: ACA wholeheartedly embraced in CA

We have wholeheartedly embraced the Affordable Care Act. We are now enrolling 13.5 million Californians in Medi-Cal and another 1.5 million in Covered California. While the benefits of these programs are enormous, so too are the costs--both now and into the future. In four years, total Medi-Cal costs have grown by $23 billion. As the state begins to pay for its share of the millions of new enrollees, the cost to the General Fund will also rise. In 2012, the General Fund paid $15 billion for Medi-Cal, but by 2019, that number is expected to be $25 billion, an increase of two-thirds.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to California legislature Jan 21, 2016

Duf Sundheim: Some aspects of ObamaCare ok, but rest is a boondoggle

Sundheim supports the popular components of ObamaCare, such as forcing insurers to provide coverage to Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, but otherwise thinks the law is a boondoggle that needs major surgery.
Source: Washington Examiner on 2016 California Senate race Jun 4, 2015

Mimi Walters: ObamaCare is a takeover of our health care system

The Obama administration's takeover of our health care system was wrong and I will work to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with market-based reforms that protect patient choice, keep costs down and preserve the greatest health system in the world.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, MimiWalters.com Oct 10, 2014

Ted Lieu: No vouchers for Medicare; healthcare is a right

Medicare is currently threatened by political forces that want to turn it into a voucher system. Ted Lieu opposes this, because 'voucher' is just code for 'privatization' and an attempt to redirect funding away from healthcare services. Quality, affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As a member of Congress, Ted will work to ensure everyone has access to quality and affordable care, including through the expansion and strengthening of Medicare.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: Repeal ObamaCare

Q: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress?

Knight: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Fix ObamaCare's fundamental flaws, or replace it completely

The Californians I've met with often mention two fundamental flaws with President Barack Obama's healthcare law:
  1. the negative effect of the Affordable Care Act on jobs and
  2. skyrocketing premiums for healthy people.
I've talked to small business owners who were concerned they couldn't afford the Affordable Care Act. Some told me they would be forced to cut hours or reduce their full-time staff.

We need to fix the fundamental flaws with ObamaCare, or if it's beyond fixing, replace it completely with something better. Going back to a system where the uninsured turn to emergency rooms for their health care doesn't make sense for anyone. Developing a health care system that actually works starts by having an honest conversation with the American people about the trade-offs involved. President Obama has been in office five years and hasn't been willing to have one yet.

Source: Kashkari in O.C. Register: 2014 California Governor race Jan 2, 2014

Antonio Villaraigosa: Healthcare.gov problems caused loss of confidence in Feds

The diversion over the troubled healthcare law has enabled House Republicans to avoid divisive debate on the bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate in the summer.

Doubts, meanwhile, are mounting about the administration's competence to manage the complexity of a reformed immigration system, given the problems with the healthcare law. "There's a loss of confidence in the government's ability," former Los Angeles Major Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and proponent of the immigration reform bill, said at an event this month.

"Clearly, the last few months, our experience with [the] Affordable Care Act does not help when you look at other big things like immigration reform."

Source: NewsMax.com on 2014 California Governor race Dec 17, 2013

Kamala Harris: Companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare

Kamala Harris is attacking company owners whose religious beliefs may be at odds with stipulations found in ObamaCare. Harris' office filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review whether businesses can be exempt from providing contraception coverage. Specifically, she's attacking businesses where owners may disagree with specific contraception types for religious reasons:

"Under the ACA, all Americans have the right to access affordable, quality healthcare, including contraception. For-profit companies should not be able to deny women access to healthcare based on the religious beliefs of the company's owners. The 10th circuit ruling should be reversed by the US Supreme Court."

The list of ObamaCare exemptions includes one on religion: anyone who is "conscientiously opposed to accepting any insurance benefits," which some say includes Muslim groups. This portion of the law was apparently written specifically for the Amish, but it may play a role in the fight over ObamaCare.

Source: Inquisitr.com coverage of 2015 California Senate race Nov 26, 2013

Jerry Brown: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013.

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 27, 2013

Jimmy Gomez: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (Gomez voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Kevin de Leon: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (de Leon voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Norma Torres: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Ted Lieu: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Travis Allen: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,2013. (Allen voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Jerry Brown: Get started on ObamaCare, then expand Medi-Cal

California was the first in the nation to pass laws to implement President Obama's historic Affordable Care Act. Our health benefit exchange, called Covered California, will begin next year providing insurance to nearly one million Californians. Over the rest of this decade, California will steadily reduce the number of the uninsured.

Today I am calling for a special session to deal with those issues that must be decided quickly if California is to get the Affordable Care Act started by next January. The broader expansion of Medi-Cal that the Act calls for is incredibly complex and will take more time. Working out the right relationship with the counties will test our ingenuity and will not be achieved overnight. Given the costs involved, great prudence should guide every step of the way.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Tom Del Beccaro: More taxes & regulations loom with ObamaCare

We are arguably headed for difficult economic times given ObamaCare's looming implementation, proposed tax increases, and ever more in the way of regulations. Congressional Republicans should pick out significant government programs that are not working. Obviously, that will be incredibly easy. Then they should lay out specific cost savings from those failed programs. For the next two years, the Republicans should hold a monthly press conference on the Capitol steps wherein they explain:
Source: Forbes Magazine column for 2016 California Senate race Nov 28, 2012

Alan Lowenthal: KeepObamaCare; require purchasing insurance

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: No.

Q: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Jerry Brown: Insurance companies must cover maternity leave & services

Healthy mothers mean healthy babies. I want the next generation of Californians to get the best possible start in life. The bills I signed today require that insurance companies cover maternity services for pregnant women and ensures that mothers who take maternity leave no longer have to fear losing their medical coverage.
Source: California 2011 gubernatorial press release #17261 Oct 6, 2011

Gloria La Riva: Healthcare is a right; create single-payer system

Q: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?

Yes.

Q: Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?

No.

Q: Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?

No.

Q: Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?

Yes.

La Riva adds, "I believe access to healthcare is a right. We should have single-payer healthcare available for all."

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Start with medical malpractice reform & more competition

Carly believes strongly that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care.

In particular, Carly believes it's essential that decisions about care stay in the hands of patients, their families and their doctors. The decisions a patient must make are complicated, and the right decision for one patient may be different than the right decision for another. Unfortunately, the bill making its way through Congress right now does not accomplish this and will come at a significant cost to taxpayers.

Carly also recognizes that, when trying to tackle tough and complicated problems, the most effective strategy is to start by taking clear steps that we know will make a difference now. For example, medical malpractice reform, increasing accessibility to community clinics and encouraging competition in the health insurance market can all help reduce health care costs without sacrificing quality.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com Dec 25, 2009

Bill Jones: Lawsuit abuse is responsible for health care costs

Lawsuit abuse in America is out of control. Its causing health care costs to skyrocket and putting doctors out of business. While we lose, the trial lawyers cash in and liberal judges turn a blind-eye.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com Issues May 2, 2004

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
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Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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