I believe that we all have a right to a healthy life. That means a right to healthcare, a right to clean air, clean water, and a clean earth, to healthy food, a right to a job and housing and the right to live a life free of discrimination and oppression.
As a cancer patient, I met many people who were struggling to survive due to life threatening disease and who were also struggling with private health insurance companies to get the treatment and health care they needed to survive.
WE NEED IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL NOW. The U.S. is one of the only countries in the “developed” world that does not guarantee universal health coverage. We pay more for health care and have worse outcomes (http://www.newsweek.com/united-states-health-care-rated-worst-637114) because our system isn’t built to take care of people, it is built so that private health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies can make more and more money.
Private healthcare in this country is bad enough, but Trump and the GOP are on a mission to make it far worse through cuts to the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid. We need these programs, and much more. Medical illness is the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. The private health insurance companies don’t want to pay for the health care we need because it would impact their profits. IT’S TIME TO GET PRIVATE PROFITS OUT OF OUR HEALTHCARE.
A HEALTHY LIFE MEANS A LIVING WAGE AND A PLACE TO LIVE. That means enacting a minimum wage that is a living wage, a wage that allows us to purchase healthy food and afford to live where we work if we want to. Developers don’t want rent control and affordable housing because it would impact their profits. Right now in the US there are more vacant houses than homeless people.
A HEALTHY LIFE MEANS BREATHING CLEAN AIR AND DRINKING CLEAN WATER. West and Downtown Oakland residents have some of the highest asthma rates in the country, and have higher stroke, heart failure, stress, and diabetes rates than other areas. The higher air and environmental pollution exposes people living in these and other environmentally polluted areas of the Bay Area to worse Health outcomes than higher income communities in other areas (https://www.edf.org/airqualitymaps/pollution-and-health-concerns-west-oakland). Fossil fuel companies, including the 5 corporations that have oil refineries in the Bay Area, do not base their decisions around the health of human beings or the environment. They exploit resources and pollute our communities in search of greater profits.
Our health needs are at odds with the profit motive of private health insurance, pharmaceutical companies, developers and fossil fuel companies.
Stop Trump’s Attacks on Our Health!
Fight cuts to the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid.
We Need Medicare for All!
Release and pass SB 562 in California as a step towards nationwide Medicare for All.
No More Evictions!
Enact living wage laws, rent control, and publicly fund affordable housing.
Fight Climate Change and Environmental Pollution!
For a mass green jobs program to invest in renewable energy to replace fossil fuels.