Green Party of California applauds bold universal health care plan designed to lower costs, cover all state residents
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO (February 14, 2005) – The Green Party of California Monday said
a new report indicating about 50 percent of health care spending is
unnecessary supports soon-to-be-introduced legislation here that will
provide health care for all Californians, and still save the state billions
According to a report by Boston University, half of all health care
spending do not go to treat the sick, but for insurance company profits,
excessive drug prices and unneeded administrative costs.
The GPCA has long supported universal health care as a way to cover all
Californians. Legislation that meets that goal is about to be introduced by
state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, whose plan would consolidate hundreds of health
plans in the state into one which would cover all California residents
without increasing spending.
That analysis came from yet another report – this one by the independent
Lewin Group – that concluded Kuehl's plan would afford residents
comprehensive, affordable insurance with medical, dental, vision, surgical
and prescription drug coverage and still save California $8 billion the
first year and $344 billion over 10 years.
"Santa Monica and the Green Party are proud of Senator Kuehl's leadership
on universal health care," said Santa Monica City Councilmember Kevin McKeown.
"Providing high-quality affordable coverage for all Californians while
saving money should be immediately embraced by the Legislature and the
Governor," he added.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437