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Calling On Governor Newsom To Apply, Within The First 150 Days Of The Biden Administration, For All Applicable Waivers Allowing California To Implement A Single-Payer Healthcare System

WHEREAS, the Riverside County Democratic Party 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, President Joe Biden has taken office, and California Governor Gavin Newsom will have the opportunity to apply for the 1332 State Innovation Waiver afforded under the Affordable Care 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;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the  Riverside County Democratic Party calls on Governor Gavin Newsom to apply, during the first 150 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, that the authors will send this resolution to Governor Gavin Newsom.

Authors:

Vanessa C. Scott, AD 42

Maribel Nunez, AD 61

Sponsors:

Jennifer Scharf, AD 67; Francisco Ramos, AD 42; Nathan P Kempe, AD 60; Lisa Andres, AD 67; Shelley Kaplan, AD 56; David Weiner, Exec Board, AD 42; Jose Alcala, AD 61; William O’Mara, AD 67; Judy Rice, AD 42; Tisa Rodriguez, AD 61; Fran Anderson AD 67; Nina Ramos Hiers, AD 61; Corey Jackson, AD 61; Maya Rodriguez, AD 61; Sheila Kay Riley,  Keri Then, AD 61; Jon Chang, AD 75; Fauzia Rizvi, AD 60;  AD 42; Mary Beth Crawford, AD 67; Tami Sims, AD 75; Steven Schwartz, AD 75, Susan Dye, AD 67; Mary Ann Andreas, AD 42; Elizabeth Romero, AD 56; John Kopp, AD 60; Edison Gomez-Krauss, AD 71; Nancy Young, AD 67; Steven Brooks AD 56, Gracie Torres, AD 61

Passed unanimously by the Riverside County Democratic Party 2/8/2021