Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
Allowing California to Take the Lead on Universal Health Care
Despite the historic progress made by the ACA, almost 30 million Americans – three million of whom live in California – are still without health insurance. I am proud to support the gold standard of Medicare for All and believe that a national single payer program should be the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell made clear that Medicare for All is going nowhere as long as they are in office.
My solution: Let states to take the lead. I introduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, which would give a state like California the federal funding and flexibility necessary to enact a single payer system. Our states have served as the incubators of democratic ideas before. In fact, the Affordable Care Act was modeled after the success of RomneyCare in Massachusetts, and our neighbors in Canada established their national single payer system after the province of Saskatchewan took the lead. California should be the standard bearer and model for Medicare for All nationwide.
Addressing Airplane Noise
Our staff was recently on the ground with residents in Santa Clara to measure the noise of morning flights out of San Jose International Airport. We measured up to 87 decibels, with flights taking off every two minutes starting at 6:30am. This problem is real, and we’re taking the steps to solve it, including joining the Santa Cruz/Santa Clara County Counties Airport/Community Roundtable and meeting regularly with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s town hall in Fremont. I hope to see you again at my next town hall in San Jose on December 14th, starting at 3:30 PM at the Chinese Performing Arts of America Center where I will also honor the local firefighter teams that combatted a recent fire caused by a downed power line in Milpitas.
Multi-million-dollar executive salaries and bankruptcy coinciding with widespread blackouts and devastating wildfires have made clear that for-profit PG&E has failed Californians. It’s time for a change. I have called for public management of the utility company, much like the success we’ve seen with municipally owned Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara. Read more at HuffPost.
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