Support SB 534 To Ensure Diversity in California’s Insurance Industry

Support SB 534 To Ensure Diversity in California’s Insurance Industry

The California State Senate is set to consider Senate Bill 534, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), a bill that will ensure diversity in California’s insurance industry. Ensuring Diversity in California’s Insurance Industry According to the California Department of Insurance, in 2018, California had the largest insurance. market in the United States, a $310 billion industry that covered housing, automobile, health, and life insurance – just to name a few. Given the rapid growth of California’s insurance sector, it is vital that state leaders push for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion across this sprawling industry. If you think this isn’t a big issue, think again. In 2016, Greenlining opposed two…
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Call to Action: Support AB 962, The Hospital Supplier Diversity Act

Call to Action: Support AB 962, The Hospital Supplier Diversity Act

Diversity matters in health care, and in more ways than you might think. The California State Assembly is currently considering a bill – Assembly Bill 962 authored by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) – that would further promote diversity by requiring all hospitals with annual operating budgets above $25 million to report their supplier diversity – that is, contracting with minority-, women-, LGBT-, and veteran-owned businesses . The data is clear: Increasing supplier diversity will benefit all Californians. Large corporations and government agencies across the nation buy billions of dollars in goods and services, and when diverse businesses get their fair share of these contracts, it builds jobs and prosperity in communities…
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Health for All: Pushing Covered California to Get It Right, and What’s Next

Health for All: Pushing Covered California to Get It Right, and What’s Next

The year 2010 represented a huge opportunity for California and the U.S. to move closer to health for all – something Greenlining always supported, though we’d had only limited involvement in advocacy around access to healthcare. Passage of the Affordable Care Act and creation of what would become known as Covered California changed the picture fundamentally. It was also a time of transition for our Health Equity team, which had a new director: Carla Saporta, who began attending meetings of what was then simply called California’s health benefits exchange. Conversations centered on creating a website through which Californians could access health plans offered under the ACA. “Knowing what I’d learned…
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Tax Reform: They Say They Care About You. THEY’RE LYING

Tax Reform: They Say They Care About You. THEY’RE LYING

There they go again. Earlier today, Congress passed a so-called “tax reform” bill weighted heavily towards the top one percent. Desperate for a legislative victory, Congress passed this much-maligned tax plan after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a major booster of the bill said, “We’ve got to start winning. That’s what this does.” The Speaker also lauded this bill as a sign of “hope and new opportunity.” He’s lying. Or maybe he’s duped himself. Any basic analysis will find that this tax bill is a scam that props up the powerful at the expense of the powerless. By giving a…
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Contemplating Hatred: Reflections on the End of DACA

Contemplating Hatred: Reflections on the End of DACA

At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised. Without thinking twice, I can list dozens of examples of moral bankruptcy: Charlottesville, Muslim ban(s), Keystone XL Pipeline, the ban on transgender military personnel, Trumpcare… need I say more? But after President Trump announced that he will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – an Obama-era program that’s benefited over 800,000 young immigrants – I found myself wondering how the president of the United States could be so UNAmerican. As each passing day becomes a new exercise in resistance and resilience, I am constantly learning how to channel fear and anger into allyship and support, be it for undocumented loved ones, their…
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BREAKING NEWS: Trumpcare Is Dead, at Least for Now – So Now What?

BREAKING NEWS: Trumpcare Is Dead, at Least for Now – So Now What?

The latest Obamacare repeal effort is dead – for now. Trumpcare may actually be gone this time, though you never know. Last night, three Republican senators joined all 48 Senate Democrats to block the latest attempt by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to repeal the Affordable Care Act, dubbed the “skinny repeal.” After Tuesday’s controversial vote to begin debate, the media lauded Arizona Sen. John McCain for breaking ranks with his party and delivering what may very well be the most consequential “thumbs down” in modern history. Two female senators persisted to avoid this crisis, yet the final credit goes to a man with inconsistent votes. pic.twitter.com/iKJQCk4hN9…
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Reflections on the American Health Care Act

Reflections on the American Health Care Act

By the skin of their teeth, House Republicans voted yesterday to strip health coverage away from 24 million Americans. With the onus now on the Senate to act, I can’t help but entertain the following questions… I wonder what it’s like to vote for a bill you haven’t read, hasn’t been scored by the Congressional Budget Office (so you have no clue about costs), and is only a day old – so basically, you didn’t do your homework and don’t care… I wonder what it’s like to support legislation that polls at 17 percent support, and is opposed by virtually every respected group in the health care community… I wonder what…
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3 Ways to Improve Obamacare After the Trumpcare Debacle

3 Ways to Improve Obamacare After the Trumpcare Debacle

Congressional Republicans voted to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain on Friday, March 24 – by not voting at all. Just 18 days after Speaker Ryan introduced the almost universally maligned American Health Care Act, the extremist alt-right Freedom Caucus responded with one resounding message: After seven long years of bluster and bold promises, the GOP finally had the opportunity to inflict serious damage on Obamacare, and inflict damage they did – on themselves, that is. However, as Republicans regroup to focus on ANOTHER Muslim ban, tax reform, trying to repeal Obamacare… again – the question remains: How do we improve our health care system? If Speaker Ryan, President Trump, and their allies are serious about improving…
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Free Speech ≠ Hate Speech: UC Berkeley Rejects Milo Yiannopoulos

Free Speech ≠ Hate Speech: UC Berkeley Rejects Milo Yiannopoulos

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Wednesday night, protests erupted at UC Berkeley in response to an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos, a senior editor for Breitbart News, who was scheduled to speak to the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR). Yiannopoulos was invited to share his thoughts on – as he put it – “cultural appropriation, a phenomenon of the progressive, social justice left.” Rioters dressed in all black, unaffiliated with UC Berkeley and calling themselves “antifas” (short for anti-fascists), vandalized campus and city property, including the MLK student center, a nearby Starbucks, and other local shops. Yiannopoulos’ history of hate speech is…
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Why I’m Grateful Obama Cared: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Why I’m Grateful Obama Cared: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

My President is Black, My Lambo’s blue, And I’ll be goddamn if my rims ain’t too. – Young Jeezy: My President, 2008 Dear President Obama, First, let me admit that My President is the only Young Jeezy song I know, and I really only care about it for the verse above. You probably prefer the music – and company – of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, but you have to admit, that song was pretty awesome in 2008. I was 17 years old on November 4, 2008, when you took the stage at Grant Park to deliver one of the most transcendent speeches in American History. Truth be told, I was disappointed…
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