John Chiang’s campaign for governor today released the California Road Map for Affordable and Accessible Health Care. The Road Map is Chiang’s healthcare policy platform, and calls for moving forward on the two most important parts of a single-payer system: universal coverage and reigning in health care costs. Specifically, Chiang’s plan lists protecting essential health benefits, prioritizing patient health outcomes, better access to basic primary care and mental health services, and reducing prescription drug prices.
“Health care is a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy, but unfortunately, Republicans in Washington remain focused on rolling back the gains we have made under the Affordable Care Act,” said Chiang. “As governor, I will build a health care system that not only works for everyone in California, but specifically takes the necessary steps to move our state towards a single-payer system.
The California Road Map for Affordable and Accessible Health Care outlines specific steps that California can take to create the foundation for a single-payer system by:
- Protecting access to care and essential health benefits,
- Providing assistance to ensure no Californian spends more than a certain percentage of their income on their health care coverage,
- Creating a public option for health care,
- Continuing to guarantee mental health and substance abuse services as essential health benefits,
- Working to reduce the number of people with preventable, chronic conditions and ensuring Californians have access to basic primary care and mental health services,
- Assuring our health care system places patients before profits and ties patient health outcomes to reimbursements,
- Creating economic incentives for identifying and creating integrated care plans for mental health treatment, and
- Enacting pharmaceutical price controls to stop price gauging and assuring that providers are prescribing drugs that have the greatest benefit, the safest track record, and offer the best value.
Chiang added, “Passing single-payer in California requires electing a leader who has a record of finding creative solutions to our financial and logistical health care hurdles. As one of the architects of Secure Choice and the person who came up with ‘lifeline grants,’ I am the only candidate who not only understands our health care system, but who Californians can trust to tackle the complex budgetary problems facing our state’s health care system. California can and will lead on the important issue of single-payer, and I am committed to getting us there.”
Chiang’s full California Road Map for Affordable and Accessible Health Care can be found here.