Promote Universal Single-Payer Health Care

The California Democratic Party
Resolution Number ANA07.15

WHEREAS, California is facing a major public health crisis due to the skyrocketing costs and diminishing benefits of the current health care system resulting in 7 million uninsured and countless underinsured Californians; and

WHEREAS, the 25 percent or greater cost that the private health insurance system spends on the administration of health plans makes apparent the inefficiency of this system in contrast to the less than 3 percent it would cost to administer a "single-payer" "Medicare-type" insurance system; and

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party is already on record as endorsing the move toward a "single-payer system" as stated in the 2006 CDP Platform, as well as being on record as endorsing a universal health care proposal that covers all state residents through a non-profit, single payer, comprehensive health plan;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the CDP recognizes that the health and well-being of Californians is not a commodity to be subjected to the demands of the free market, and the profiteering of stockholders and CEOs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the CDP strongly supports the drafting and passage of legislation that creates and enacts a single-payer health care program which provides comprehensive, secure, high quality, efficient and sustainable access to health care for all Californians.

Submitted and Written by: Johanna Olson, MD, So. California Chair,
California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus, DSCC Member, 42nd AD
Co-sponsored by: Susie Shannon, Executive Board Member, 42nd AD

Signatories: Ahjamu Makalani, DSCC Member, 61st AD;
Helen Hartman, DSCC Member, 42nd AD;
Brad Parker, DSCC Member, 42nd AD; John Heaner, Region 13 Director;
Dante Atkins, DSCC Member, 42nd AD; Marilyn Grunwald, DSCC Member, 40th AD;
Dan Licht, DSCC Member, 42nd AD;
Michael Jay Miltenberg, DSCC Member, 42nd AD


Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At Its Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Hotel, Anaheim
November 18, 2007