California Senators Introduce A Bill Declaring That Healthcare Is A Human Right
On February 17th, Senator Toni Atkins (D) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D) gave us a rare breath of fresh air when they introduced state legislation that declared that "All residents of this state have the right to health care"(Sec. 2. (a)(1)). While the bill itself does not enact said healthcare plan, it does place the above critical statement into legislation, and states the intent of California lawmakers to enact single-payer healthcare in their state.
A Huffington Post blogger drafted an editorial on the matter urging citizens to call their Senators, providing suggestions on who to call, and even including "talking points" to offer the reader some semblance of literacy when discussing the matter. Actions have been taken across the population, and at the state level in the form of proposed legislation. This has, of course, prompted the "LA Times" to author a critique of the measure claiming that the bill is "California dreaming", even stating that "We really don’t know how Californians feel about government-run universal healthcare. People haven’t been asked for a while". One thing that is certain however, is that the economically subjugated in CA and every other state probably differ in opinion. Every cancer patient, or sick man or woman, individuals with pre-existing conditions all are quite likely to disagree. The issue is likewise not probable to go away anytime soon, considering that premiums on an unprecedented rise, and GOP lawmakers have failed "bigly" in replacing the existing bill. The proposed purpose of the "Trumpcare" bill was to keep premiums down, and save the budget from a downward spiral. With as much as Republicans in Congress seem to enjoy cutting entitlement programs in the name of economic frugality, perhaps they wouldn't mind completely eliminating TriCare, Medicaid, the ACA, and every budgetary subsidy, replacing them with one, broadly reaching universal bill. In nearly every industrialized nation on earth, healthcare is treated as a human right, while here, in the "Land of the Free", capitalism is injected into the last place on earth it doesn't belong- in healthcare. Societies evolve as information become more accessible, and people change. It is time, in the name of human decency, social dignity, and for Christ's sake common sense, to institute single-payer healthcare.