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WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect to legislation, rules, regulations, or policies proposed to or pending before a local, state, or federal governmental body or agency must first have been adopted in the form of a Resolution by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and



5 2011

WHEREAS, 7 million Californians lack health insurance and millions more are under-insured, including nearly 800,000 children; and WHEREAS, the United States spends $2.5 trillion (17.6% of GDP) on healthcare every year, yet the nation's healthcare system is ranked 37th by the World Health Organization; and WHEREAS, nationwide, health insurance premiums annually grow 4 times faster than wages, with family coverage up 87% since 2000; and WHEREAS, healthcare costs have increasingly shifted to working Californians in the form of reduced employer coverage and increasing premiums and co-payments and the State's current fiscal crisis has resulted in over $11 billion in health care programs this year alone, increasing the burden on Californians to meet their health care needs; and WHEREAS, access to affordable, quality health care is a right and not a privilege; and WHEREAS, currently pending in the California State Senate is a bill, SB 810 (Leno), the California Universal Healthcare Act of2011, which would provide affordable healthcare to all Californians; and WHEREAS, SB 810 shares the responsibility of healthcare costs between individuals, employers, and government, involving no new spending; and WHEREAS, the bill provides consumers with complete freedom to choose their healthcare providers and eliminates billions of dollars of waste by consolidating the functions of many insurance companies into one comprehensive insurance plan; and WHEREAS, SB 810 would save school districts, counties, and the state millions of dollars each year by consolidating and eliminating administrative costs, providing more money for education, roads, and other essential services. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2011-2012 State Legislative Program SUPPORT of SB 810, the California Universal Heath Care Act, which would provide comprehensive health care coverage for everyone in California.


Councilmember, 11th District






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