America’s fierce debate on the proper role of government in healthcare is coming to a crescendo once again. In Washington, President Trump and Congressional Republicans are struggling to “Repeal and Replace” the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, California is considering going its own way, with the state legislature moving toward creating a state-wide, government-administered health insurance system with the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562).
Indivisible: Conejo invites you to join us on June 20th to explore these important issues. We will hear from top experts in health policy who will address the progress we’ve made since the ACA, the problems that still remain to be solved, and the potential for the establishment of a single-payer healthcare program in California.
Headlining the panel discussion will be Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Health Policy Institute and one of the nation’s leading experts on public insurance; and Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, who is one of the creators of the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562). The panelists will address the progress made in covering more Americans since the ACA’s passage, as well as the problems that remain with the current federal system and those that might be created with the Republicans’ replacement. They also will discuss the substance and politics of S.B. 562 as it heads toward debate in the California state assembly, having been approved by the state Senate on June 1.
Gerald Kominski is Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a Professor of Health Policy and Management. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and financing of public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers’ Compensation. He is co-author of over 120 articles and reports, and is editor of the widely used textbook, Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management.
Michael Lighty is the Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United. He has worked for California Nurses Association/NNU since 1994, where he has coordinated campaigns for an HMO patients’ bill of rights and clean-money elections. In 2016, he led NNU’s BernieBus campaign for Bernie Sanders. He serves on the Board of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, CA.
Shayla Kassel is a family physician serving in private practice in Simi Valley. She also serves as Medical Director of the Center for Assault Treatment Services at Northridge Hospital. A native of the Los Angeles area, she earned her M.D. at UCLA in 1991. She is an active member of the Indivisible: Conejo Healthcare Action Team, and will discuss the likely impacts of single payer on doctor-patient interactions.