Where candidates for California governor stand on single-payer health care - Delaine Eastin for Governor – Let's Build a Better California
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Sacramento Bee: Where candidates for California governor stand on single-payer health care

"There's an old saying 'Greed is good.' Well I don't think greed is good. It's bad, and I think it's hurting a lot of normal, ordinary people," Eastin said in an interview. "If you have a system where only the fortunate are covered, then the rest live in terror that an illness will bankrupt them, or worse.

She said California must lead the nation on single-payer to lower rising health care costs and strip the profit motives of insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies out of the current system.

"I'm lucky enough to have insurance, but what about those who aren't?" she asked.

"There's an old saying 'Greed is good.' Well I don't think greed is good. It's bad, and I think it's hurting a lot of normal, ordinary people," Eastin said in an interview. "If you have a system where only the fortunate are covered, then the rest live in terror that an illness will bankrupt them, or worse."

She said she supports the current single-payer bill in the Legislature but if it dies as expected, she'd form a task force to lead the charge, if elected.

"I don't think it's snake oil," she said. "We've had other things that weren't perfect in the beginning. When they came up with Social Security, people ridiculed it and said it would bankrupt the country. Now it's a godsend for all kinds of people.

"I'm old enough to remember when Lyndon Johnson proposed Medicare, People really did say it was a horrible idea. Now it's proven to be one of the great genius moves of the 20th Century," she said. "There's too many people who are tepid and timid right now. It's like we're afraid to try something new. That isn't how we got here, so let's do it – let's fix it."

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