Green Women Rising!

Four Green Party women who are running for state office in California and one running for U. S. Congress participated in this video interview.  Please watch and give it a thumbs up if you like it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxJq5RymA9Q&feature=youtu.be

Single Payer Healthcare Questions Answered

Single Payer Healthcare advocate Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute, answers some of the most-frequently asked questions in this blog post.  Check it out:  https://www.sandersinstitute.com/blog/10-questions-about-healthcare-answered

Real Left Politics Interview with Stewart Alexander

You can listen to my May 9th interview on Real Left Politics with Stewart Alexander at this link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/airamarteifio/2018/05/09/real-left-politics-w-stewart-alexander

We need Single Payer Healthcare NOW!

More people file bankruptcy in this country for medical bills than for any other reason.  Healthcare reform is very much needed in order to rein in skyrocketing costs and offer services to everyone in need of medical care.

A bill was introduced in the state legislature last year, SB 562, the Healthy California Act, which was passed by the State Senate, but stalled in the Assembly because the Speaker of the Assembly placed it in the Rules Committee and wouldn’t allow it to come to the floor for a vote in last year’s legislative session.

SB 562 is a Single Payer bill which corrects the core problem of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, by taking the insurance companies and pharmaceuticals out of the middle of healthcare.  If you believe like I do that health care is a human right, this bill needs our support; we must put pressure on the Speaker, Anthony Rendon, to let the bill onto the floor so it may be amended and put to a vote.

We can not only cover everyone for everything, do away with co-pays and deductibles, but save approximately $37 billion annually by switching to Single Payer healthcare by passing the Healthy California Act.  Why?  Because Single Payer would be similar to Medicare (a single payer system), which operates on around a 3% overhead vs. around a 26% overhead for insurance companies.  This is because in a for-profit healthcare system, tens of millions of dollars go to CEO salaries and shareholder payouts every year, allowing insurance companies and pharmaceuticals to make millions of dollars by profiteering off patients’ suffering and death.

This is not only cruel and inhumane, but predatory, and needs to be replaced by a system which covers everyone, regardless of age or health, and does not profit off people’s illness.  What is needed is a shift in priorities in government so that people’s needs, not corporate greed, come first.

Single Payer Healthcare and the Democratic Party

SB 562, the Single Payer healthcare bill that we are still trying to fight for has run into new opposition by the Democrats in Sacramento.  A really good analysis of why it does not work to hope that progressive Democrats will save us on Single Payer healthcare. https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/27/california-scheming-democrats-betray-single-payer-again/

 

Interview with Green Party of Santa Clara County

Hello Californians!

Hello Californians! If you believe that it’s time that someone represents our district who supports Single Payer healthcare, clean energy, banning fracking, getting money out of politics, and doing away with Top Two primaries, please support my campaign for A. D. 42! Green Party candidates do not take any dark money, including money from corporations.