Health Care Unions That Defended Newsom On Recall Want Single-Payer Payback

Activists, including those from the National Union of Healthcare Workers, demonstrate in Sacramento on June 15 to push Gov. Gavin Newsom to enact single-payer health care and defend him from the Republican-driven recall campaign. (Angela Hart/California Healthline)
  • Health Care Unions are aggressively pressuring Newsom to follow through on his 2018 campaign pledge to establish a government-run, single-payer health care system.
  • “I expect him to lead on California accomplishing single-payer and being an example for the rest of the country,” said Sal Rosselli, president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
  • “This is about life or death for us. It’s not only about single-payer. It’s about infection control. It’s about Democratic and working-class values,” Rosselli said. “We lose if Republicans take over.”

Kaiset Health News from Rawstory writes:

“SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Should Gavin Newsom survive the Republican-driven attempt to oust him from office, the Democratic governor will face the prospect of paying back supporters who coalesced behind him.

And the leaders of California’s single-payer movement will want their due.

Publicly, union leaders say they’re standing beside Newsom because he has displayed political courage during the covid-19 pandemic by taking actions such as imposing the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order. But behind the scenes, they are aggressively pressuring him to follow through on his 2018 campaign pledge to establish a government-run, single-payer health care system.

“I expect him to lead on California accomplishing single-payer and being an example for the rest of the country,” said Sal Rosselli, president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which is urging Newsom to get federal permission to fund such a system.

Another union, the California Nurses Association, is pushing Newsom to back state legislation early next year to do away with private health insurance and create a single-payer system. But “first, everyone needs to get out and vote no on this recall,” said Stephanie Roberson, the union’s lead lobbyist.

“This is about life or death for us. It’s not only about single-payer. It’s about infection control. It’s about Democratic and working-class values,” she said. “We lose if Republicans take over…”

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