The outcome of the November 2nd election has opened up new opportunities and challenges for our ongoing work here in California to implement and improve upon the Federal health law, including the election of Jerry Brown as the next Governor of California, the loss of a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and the arrival of several Congress Members committed to undermining and repealing the law.
But more than anything, this has only added to the overall importance and urgency of our critical work here at the state level to defend, implement and improve upon the law wherever and whenever possible!
Now that the elections are over, California has an historic opportunity to demonstrate true leadership and initiative in implementing the benefits and provisions of the new law, and establishing a model for health reform implementation for the entire nation!
On the other hand, California voters overwhelmingly reaffirmed their support for health care reform by re-electing Senator Barbara Boxer to her fourth term in office over conservative opponent (and vehement health reform opponent) Carly Fiorina, as well electing Democratic majorities in BOTH the State Assembly and State Senate!
Over the next few months, our work here in California will consist of taking advantage of every opportunity to strengthen our health care system and make it work better for ALL Californians! This includes working with a new generation of state legislators and urging them to support health care law implementation! Click here to see the list of new incoming state legislators.
But the road ahead will have its fair share of challenges. Many incoming Members of Congress have made it perfectly clear that repealing the Federal health care law is their top priority! We’ll also be contending with yet another multi-billion dollar budget deficit that could threaten many of California’s most vital and essential health care services and programs!
That’s why we’re counting on state legislators to continue to show their commitment to making sure we get the best health care possible in California!
We’ve come SO far, but there’s still much work to be done! Together, we made health reform a reality in 2010! Next year, we need to keep the momentum going and work together to pave the way for provisions going into effect in 2011 and beyond!
You can help show your support by signing the petition (below) urging state legislators to continue to work towards implementing and improving upon the health care law here in California!
Click here to sign TODAY!
HCAN-CA and our lead state partner, Health Access California, will be meeting with incoming freshman state legislators in the coming weeks. We’ll be handing them copies of this petition to show them that California is counting on them to help make history and ensure that we get the best health care possible!
We need your help to get THOUSANDS of signatures showing support for implementation of the health care law in 2011 and beyond! After you’ve signed, please forward the petition to 5 of your friends and urge them to show their support!
Click here to sign the petition!