Media Statement

Health Care Coverage Expansion Is Vital, But Now Is the Wrong Time to Consider a Public Option

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“California’s hospitals support health coverage for all, but today’s calls from Washington D.C. to do so by creating a public option are not the solution, and other pressing health care challenges demand immediate attention and investment as we rebuild from the devastation left by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association.

“The foremost challenge lawmakers must address is to strengthen a health care system that has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic – hospitals across the country are on the brink financially, our health care workforce faces shortages due to burnout and early retirement, and longtime health inequities have been laid bare for all to see,” Coyle said. “Important issues like these must be addressed now.”

“To expand coverage to all, the federal government should instead strengthen the Affordable Care Act, which is a proven path to expand coverage,” Coyle said. “More than 92% of Californians have coverage thanks in great part to the ACA.”

“At this critical juncture, the focus must remain on COVID-19 recovery to ensure health care services are available to everyone in every community,” Coyle said.