I met Don Bechler during the successful living wage campaign in San Francisco in the late 1990s. As a result, 20,000 workers received a raise in pay. Many joined a union. After that campaign, he recruited me to join the fight to achieve an Improved Medicare for All.
Nationwide, more than 1 in 5 people in this country rely on Medicaid for their health care. In California, where the program is called Medi-Cal, it is 1 in 3.
A facility in the Presidio will soon become San Francisco’s first continuing care site for non-COVID-19 patients. Designed for those who need short-term medical observation or support, but not close monitoring or intensive nursing care in a traditional hospital setting, the “low-acuity” facility helps create space within San Francisco’s hospital system for COVID-19 patients.
After many years, I’ve come to believe that the leadership of the Democratic Party is the obstacle to achieving universal healthcare.