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Yes on Proposition 61

CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS ALLIANCE ENDORSES PROP 61, THE CALIFORNIA DRUG PRICE RELIEF ACT Doctors Organization Speaks Out against Pharma Companies’ Greed SACRAMENTO, CA – Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices today announced that the California Physicians Alliance (CaPA) has joined an extensive list of supporters of the first-in-the-nation initiative to address price-gouging. If passed, […]

California’s health care expenditures are largely paid with public funds

Contrary to the notion that the country’s health care is primarily a privately funded system, 71 percent of health care expenditures in California are paid for with public funds, according to a new analysis by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Once we understand that, the idea of a single-payer health system, paid 100% […]

Support CaPA through AmazonSmile

When you use AmazonSmile for your Amazon purchases, 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to the California Physicians Alliance. Click here to sign up for California Physicians Alliance on Amazon Smile. Prices are the same, and you’ll be helping the California Physicians Alliance to advance the cause of single payer healthcare for all! […]

Remembering Dr. Robert Peck

Dr. Robert Peck, a long time health care reform activist and prominent Southern California physician, died peacefully at home on July 31, 2016. Dr. Peck graduated from the USC School of Medicine. He did his internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago.  He then worked […]

Transition from PNHP California to the California Physicians Alliance

Dear California colleagues and supporters, The California Physicians Alliance (CaPA) was founded in 1987 to work on progressive health care reform and single payer. CaPA is our legal corporate name but you know us best as Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) – California. I am writing to let you know that on July 20, 2016, the national board of PNHP voted to […]

Covered California Health Plan Rates To Jump 13.2 Percent In 2017

California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year. The increase, announced by the Covered California exchange Tuesday, ends the state’s two-year respite from double-digit rate hikes. The announcement comes as major insurers around the country seek even bigger rate increases […]

Democrats Unite, But What Happened to ‘Medicare for All’?

After a raucous debate lasting nearly a year, the Democrats are united on health care. But that unity does not include a call for a single-payer “Medicare for all” health system. “This campaign is about moving the United States toward universal health care and reducing the number of people who are uninsured or under-insured,” Sen. […]

Obama Offers Ways to Improve His Health Care Law

WASHINGTON — After defending the Affordable Care Act in all its intricacies for six years, President Obama proposed ways to improve it on Monday, saying that Congress should provide larger subsidies for private health insurance and create a public plan like Medicare to compete with private insurers in some states. At the same time, he […]

Celebrating Medicare’s 51st Birthday

Join us for a Garden Party to celebrate Medicare’s 51st birthday and to raise funds for Physicians for a National Health Program/California and the Allcare Alliance, on Sunday, July 24, 2016, from 2:00 to 5:00pm in Santa Monica. Featured speakers will be Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles R. Drew University, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Seeking OK For Exchange To Sell To Immigrants Without Documents

Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed first-in-the-nation legislation requesting federal approval for the state’s health insurance exchange to sell policies to immigrants living in California illegally.
By Ana B. Ibarra, California Healthline
June 10, 2016

Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know

The Geisinger Health Plan, run by one of the nation’s top-rated health care organizations, foresees medical costs increasing next year by 7.5 percent for people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
By Robert Pear , The New York Times
JUNE 9, 2016

New Report Shows Medi-Cal’s Expanded Reach

California’s Medi-Cal program has expanded in recent years from health coverage for the poor to regular insurance for millions of working adults, improving their health and boosting their productivity, according to a new report released Friday.
By Anna Gorman, California Healthline
June 3, 2016

Why Do We Pay So Much for Health Care—But Get Such Poor Results?

As a primary care physician practicing for three decades in the same location, I have had the privilege of seeing patients regularly across a span of many years. I have celebrated my patients’ joys and triumphs, but also mourned with them in their deepest tragedies and sorrows. I have shared and continue to share in their trials and vulnerabilities, and often as more than their doctor; patients sometimes confide in me things they do not even share with their families.
By N.F. Hanna, M.D., Observer
April 5, 2016