Before my time on the city council I was a civil rights & employment discrimination attorney. I cannot tell you how many of my clients got sick, couldn't pay the bills, defaulted on their mortgage, lost their homes, and were unable get their lives back on track.... sometimes for years at a time. Sometimes forever.
People shouldn't need to choose between getting healthy and paying the electric bill. People shouldn't go bankrupt because they were dealt a rough hand.
People in our city — if not you, probably your neighbor — will be horribly impacted by trumps healthcare legislation. Their lives will be forever changed, and many people, quite literally, will die because they cannot afford the care they need.
I hope this horrid sequence of legislation spurs us on toward a single payer system, and I trust that most Americans will recognize the cause of their plight.
But in the meantime, if Trump's legislation passes we need to care for our low-income residents. San Francisco provides city based health insurance to 145,000 low-income residents — yet another area where cities are a laboratory of democracy. At the very least we owe it to ourselves to see what we can do on the state and local levels, as we push for a single-payer system nation-wide.
— Jacob Frey