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|Alameda County, CA||June 6, 2006 Election|
High Quality Affordable Health Care for Every Californian
By Ronnie Gail CaplaneCandidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 16; Democratic Party
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In the Assembly, I will work to create a health care system that provides health care for all Californians.Health care is a right, not a privilege, and every Californian is entitled to have access to a full range of health services. Unfortunately, that's not what's happening. Our health care system is in crisis. Skyrocketing medical costs, increasing insurance premiums, and corporate profiteering by health insurance corporations have made it increasingly hard for Californians to have access to quality, affordable health care.
Between 6 and 7 million of our residents, many of whom are employed full time, are without health insurance. They rely on community clinics and hospital emergency rooms for treatment. They have no preventive care. Consequently, diseases go undiagnosed and untreated until they become debilitating. This ends up costing tax payers millions of dollars every year in medical treatment, lost productivity, and other related expenses. It is a disgrace that California can be the bio-tech capital of the world while millions are denied basic medical care.
I am committed to rectifying this injustice. As a member of the Assembly I pledge to fight to pass legislation that provides health insurance coverage to every Californian. In order to do this we must:
My first priority as a legislator will be to improve Oakland's and California's schools, and provide a first-rate education for every California child. Please see my education platform for specifics.
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