Healthy California for All Commission 2020 Schedule
The Healthy California for All Commission was fully appointed and established by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California State Legislature in December 2019. According to its charter,
“The purpose of the Healthy California for All Commission is to provide the Governor and the Legislature with options and recommendations to advance progress toward achieving a health care delivery system in California that provides coverage and access through a unified financing system, including, but not limited to, a single-payer financing system, for all Californians.”
We in the Healthy California Now coalition believe that by holding the Commission accountable, through pressure and collaboration, we have our best chance at single-payer: a comprehensive, universal, high-quality standardized system of care for everyone, from birth to death, free at the point of service — with no fees, co-pays, deductibles, or other “out of pocket” expenses. The remaining Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will not embrace Medicare for All / single-payer, so it is up to massive working-class movements to pressure state leadership.
Through our organizing and mobilization, we’ve won some important victories and had our demands recognized — now we’re calling upon you to please help the movement continue by attending the Commission’s remaining virtual 2020 meetings with us on the following dates:
- Thursday, August 13 from 9am – 1pm
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- Thursday, September 24
- Thursday, October 22
- Thursday, November 12
- Thursday, December 10
Please check the Commission site as those dates approach for their required Zoom meeting registration links. They typically post the agenda and presentations the evening before, and then post the recorded meetings in the week after. You will find their email address on the site.
Our coalition will be meeting during the first week of each month, and then again for a “debrief” soon after the Commission’s meetings. To stay in touch, please join our collective fight for health care justice by having your organization affiliate today or by joining our email list as an individual. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Among other issues, we’ll be strategizing about the Commission’s posted timing and topics for them to make decisions on:
- August — Financing
- September — Provider Payment
- October — Role, if any, for Intermediary Organizations
- November — Eligibility, Covered Benefits, and Patient Cost Sharing
- December — Governance and Cost Containment
At the Commission’s inaugural meeting in Sacramento in January 2020, our coalition Healthy California Now brought a busload of affiliated organizers from the Bay Area to observe and comment. The Commission was not scheduled to meet again until April, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out soon after, it was the only in-person public meeting to date. With Governor Newsom’s leadership of the statewide shelter-in-place order in March, the Commission went on indefinite hiatus.
Meanwhile, evidence that we needed single-payer, universal health care grew exponentially as COVID-19 led to death, exacerbated racial disparities in health, and created a socioeconomic crisis with widespread unemployment — which further affected the health crisis. Health care coverage or “access” must not be tied to one’s job nor to private, for-profit insurance.
As the pandemic worsened, Healthy California Now’s organizers and coalition affiliates continued to meet virtually. In recognizing the dire circumstances that Californians and the rest of the U.S. faced, we launched a successful campaign to pressure Governor Newsom to reconvene the Commission virtually. At the June 12th meeting, we helped mobilize over 300 members of the public to attend, who overwhelmingly demanded single-payer, and for proper representation on advisory groups, both of which were then reflected in their July 8th presentation.
A critical element of this fight is that there are several allies and outspoken proponents of single-payer on the Commission — among our recommendations for appointees leading to the Governor’s announcement — who we support and encourage as they convince their colleagues to do the right thing. They joined our outcry and supported our demands.
Organizing and direct action works, even virtually!
We have the power to bring high-quality care and a measure of safety, economic security, and health justice to all Californians. Only with your help will we succeed. Join us today.