January 12, 2021
Following the vote of the Los Angeles Central Committee to urge the Governor to apply for the state innovation waiver provided in the Affordable Care Act, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement:
"Ten Months of a pandemic has taken lives and livelihoods, shuttered small businesses, and pushed our first responders and healthcare system to the brink. For decades, Democrats have unequivocally stated that “Healthcare is a Right” and have led on the issue of how to ensure that millions of Americans and their families have access to healthcare. When the Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010, we knew this was the bridge necessary to get us to Healthcare for All. Los Angeles Democrats have been the leader at the forefront of progressive issues in our state, and tonight our Los Angeles Central Committee has voted to call on Governor Newsom to apply, within the first 100 Days of the Biden Administration, for the 1332 State Innovation waiver and any other applicable waivers needed which will allow California to create a single-payer system as permitted by the Affordable Care Act. With almost 40 million residents in California, a raging pandemic, and crushed healthcare system it’s time for California to lead on this issue and move our state towards a system that works and provides for all."