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From the President

Dr. Sandra R. Hernández has led the California Health Care Foundation since January 2014. In her monthly column she reflects on her experiences as a physician and philanthropic leader to comment on current events through the lenses of CHCF's goals, initiatives, research, and projects.

  1. How We Can Move Forward on Health Care

    Sandra R. Hernández, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Sandra Hernandez
    Sandra R. Hernández

    The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when Senate leaders grudgingly decided not to proceed with their latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is unlikely they will give up on the idea of turning back the clock, but most Americans and virtually every health care leader made it very clear that they want the country to move forward. They want to keep what is working under the ACA and find bipartisan solutions to fix what is not.

  2. Congress: Do the Right Thing for Our 800,000 "Dreamers"

    Sandra R. Hernández, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Sandra Hernandez
    Sandra R. Hernández

    The Trump administration shocked the conscience of America yesterday with a plan that threatens to deport 800,000 young immigrants brought to the US as undocumented children. More than 200,000 of them live here in California. Many commentators and advocates have pointed out the self-defeating nature of this malignant decision to exile friends, neighbors, and children who know no other country and who were brought to the US by the adults caring for them. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) decision was announced at the Department of Justice, but it is anything but just and does nothing to make our homeland more secure. On the contrary, this action amounts to willful intimidation and psychological abuse of these young people and their families.

  3. Future Health Commission To Lay Groundwork for a Modern Health Workforce

    Sandra R. Hernández, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Sandra Hernandez
    Sandra R. Hernández

    Every day, the women and men charged with providing health care to California's 40 million residents work heroically. In helping people in California achieve healthier lives, this network of health professionals not only upholds the highest ideals of human care, it constitutes a formidable economic force that accounts for over 7% of the state's total employment.

  4. Where's the "Better Care" in Senate Health Bill?

    Sandra R. Hernández, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Sandra Hernandez
    Sandra R. Hernández

    This year Congressional leadership and the Trump Administration have disrupted health insurance markets with uncertainty. Their vision is to undermine and ultimately do away with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to obfuscate the dramatic coverage gains realized over the last seven years. While focusing on this plan, the GOP has not addressed how to make communities healthier, how to make our health care system more responsive to patients' needs, or how to improve life expectancy. Considering that the US ranks 50th of the 55 nations on the Bloomberg Health-Care Efficiency Index, those are the issues that we should focus on.

  5. Celebrate the Survival of the ACA's Principles, But Remain on Guard

    Sandra R. Hernández, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Sandra Hernandez
    Sandra R. Hernández

    I am one of millions of Californians celebrating the decision of leaders in Washington not to bring the misguided American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a vote in the House of Representatives. Because of this surprising and historic turn of events last week, the tremendous gains our state achieved under the landmark Affordable Care Act remain intact. That is good policy for vulnerable people, for the health care system, for democracy, and for California's cherished values of inclusivity and social justice.

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