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Gov's health plan good step, but universal coverage doomed, say Greens

by twirl Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 at 4:40 PM

Governor's health plan step in right direction, but universal coverage doomed because politicos too ‘in debt' to powerful special interests, says Green Party of California.

News Advisory

THE GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA www.cagreens.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Contact: Susan King, spokesperson, 415.823-5524 funking at mindspring.com


Sara Amir, spokesperson, 310.270-7106 saraamir at earthlink.net


Cres Vellucci, press secretary, 916.996-9170 civillib at cwnet.com



Governor's health plan step in right direction,

but universal coverage doomed because politicos

too ‘in debt' to powerful special interests, say Greens

SACRAMENTO (January 9, 2007) – The governor's just released health plan is

a step in the right direction toward covering all Californians – but any

true universal health care plan is doomed because Democratic and Republican

lawmakers are too in debt to the insurance industry, said a spokesperson

for the Green Party of California Monday.

"The quality of health care should not depend on how wealthy someone is or

is not. The plan announced by the governor has promise because it addresses

– although not adequately – the big profits by insurance companies," said

Larry Cafiero, the Green Party Insurance Commissioner candidate in November.

While the governor said 85 percent of insurance premiums must go to the

patient's care, true universal healthcare could do much, much better.

Canada's successful health care program spends only three cents of a

dollar, or 3 percent, for administrative costs.

"Because of big money politics, we are all hurt. Insurance companies will

call in every favor from everyone they've given campaign money to in the

last election to ensure they get their profit – at the expense of

Californians' health," said Cafiero.

"Forcing everyone to buy medical insurance doesn't address the root

problem: our system of private medical insurance. Americans, including

Californians, pay 50 percent more per capita than any other country in the

world, yet ours is the only industrialized country that doesn't cover all

its citizens," added Dr. Bob Vizzard, a medical doctor and former GPCA

state senate candidate from Auburn.

And, according to Wes Rolley, Environmental Coordinator of the GPCA Green

Issues Working Group: "Maybe more important that trying to find a way to

pay health care costs is looking for a way to eliminate the need for some

health care costs itself. That means addressing problems that arise from

air pollution, childhood obesity and ongoing pollution of our water and

agricultural lands. We need solutions that evolve from understanding how

all parts of the system feed one another: medical, environmental,

educational and economic. We can no longer address any of these in isolation."

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