Editorial: While Trump tweets, Newsom leads on health care

The Mercury News

While President Trump and congressional Republicans roll back national progress toward universal health care, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes changes to improve health outcomes, reduce the number of uninsured Californians and lower prescription drug prices.

Newsom’s strategy puts him on a path to fulfill his campaign promises for universal health care and lower drug costs in California.

The new governor’s penchant for bold statements prompted concern that he would propose a single-payer system that 1) still doesn’t have a credible financial plan and 2) would be impossible to implement as long as Trump is president and Republicans control the U.S. Senate.