THE RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SONOMA IN SUPPORT OF A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR CALIFORNIA
WHEREAS, the 2020 Vision of the Sonoma City Council is that Sonoma will continue as a vibrant, entrepreneurial economy fueled largely by retention and incubation of locally-owned businesses that complement the small-town atmosphere and provide high-paying jobs; and
WHEREAS, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in March 2020 noted that, “despite the significant gains in health care coverage spurred by the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, roughly 23 million Americans between the ages of 19 and 64 are uninsured, and another 64 million are underinsured”; and
WHEREAS, the EPI also noted that a Single-Payer medical health care plan would “bolster the labor market, strengthen economic security for millions of U.S. households, and would likely boost the number of jobs in the U.S. labor market”; and
WHEREAS, according to the Commonwealth Fund in January 2020, “the United States spends more on health care as a share of the economy — nearly twice as much as the average OECD country — yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among … 11 nations”; and
WHEREAS, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in 2018, premiums for families have gone from roughly $13,500 per year in 2009 to nearly $20,000 per year in 2018 (a roughly 4.3% increase each year, even as inflation between those periods has been 1.76% per year); and
WHEREAS, in an October 2019 study reported by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the amount of total “waste” in our present healthcare delivery system was reported at between $760 Billion to $935 Billion, “accounting for approximately 25% of total health care spending”; and
WHEREAS, a Single-Payer Health Insurance program for the State of California, as advocated by Governor Newsom, would build upon the successful public health programs such as Medicare, MediCal and that of the Veterans Health Administration, and would provide healthcare to all residents of the state independent of their employment status; and
WHEREAS, healthcare institutions and providers could be spared much of the administrative costs and time burden that can now characterize the provision of healthcare services; and
WHEREAS, households in the City of Sonoma are likely to save money under a Single-Payer Healthcare System and physicians would be able to focus on efficiently providing the best care possible for all residents; and
WHEREAS, the cost of city employee healthcare benefits (now running at about $700,000 per year, not counting health care costs embedded in other contracts) could decrease to the City of Sonoma, allowing more funds for other public uses; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Sonoma that it hereby encourages and supports a Single-Payer Healthcare System for California; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Sonoma urges the California Legislature to pass and Governor Newsom to sign AB 1400 (Kalra, D-San Jose, 2021), the “Guaranteed Health Care for All” bill implementing such a system.
January 9, 2021: The following letter was sent to Congressman Mike Thompson on behalf of the Sonoma Valley Democratic Club:
Dear Congressman Thompson:
The Sonoma Valley Democrats are appalled by the horrendous actions committed by the domestic terrorists on Wednesday when they attacked the Capitol Building and the entire Congressional assembly, House and Senate members.
First and foremost we are thankful for your safety! We are grateful to you for continuing your sacred duty that same night to complete the work of formally acknowledging the Electoral Vote count that was produced by the free and fair elections of the citizens of the United States of America.
We support you completely in demanding the 25th Amendment be implemented as well as the Articles of Impeachment of the President of the United States. He is unfit for office, a serious, imminent danger to the American people every day he is left in that office, and should be disqualified from running for any office in the future.
If there is anything we can do, or you want or need from our club, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Beth Hadley, President, Sonoma Valley Democrats
At the SVD August General Meeting, our members voted to endorse CA Proposition 19: the Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment. “Prop 19 is a positive step to make housing more affordable and accessible for families, seniors, and victims of wildfire, while closing an unfair tax loophole that will generate hundreds of millions in needed revenue for local school districts, fire districts as well as cities and counties to help fund emergency responders, homeless services and affordable housing, hospitals, public health programs, and other vital services.” – Toni Atkins, State Senate President pro Tempore.
At the SVD August General Meeting, our members voted to endorse “Sonoma County United in Crisis,” an initiative that calls on local government to prioritize meeting residents’ basic needs. More info at: http://socounitedincrisis.org/
June, 12, 2020: Letter to Mayor Logan Harvey. City of Sonoma
Dear Mayor Harvey:
On behalf of the Executive Board of he Sonoma Valley Democrats, I want to sincerely thank you for taking the “Mayor’s Pledge” to review Sonoma’s use of force policies; engage our community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review; report
the findings of your review to our community and seek feedback; and to reform our community’s police use of force policies.
We also thank you for stepping up during the current COVID-19 pandemic to provide leadership and personal commitment by actions such as helping to distribute food to those in need. In addition, we commend your energy and passion in standing for racial justice and actively working to provide a safe environment for peaceful protest in Sonoma.
We stand with you for in these actions and are grateful to have you working for our community!
Sincerely, Beth G. Hadley, President, Sonoma Valley Democrats