What we should hear from the candidates on health care
November 3, 2008 | 1:08 PMDavid Zingmond
As the campaign winds down and the full impact of the current economic situation sets in, the most important aspects of healthcare that should be addressed are the maintenance and expansion of safety net healthcare programs. These are of critical importance in a slowing (or stalled) economy. Persons who have lost jobs will make important tradeoffs on healthcare over other needs that can worsen both an individual’s health and ability to resume work. Items on the to-do list include preventing wholesale cutbacks in state healthcare programs (e.g. Medicaid) in the face of state budget crunches, ensuring that eligible individuals receive benefits for which they are entitled, and ensuring that private insurance programs (e.g. COBRA) are available at reasonable prices for out-of-work individuals who can afford this type of coverage.
Oh, and don’t forget to vote!
Dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of political science.
Professor of education, law, political science and urban plannning.
Professor of urban planning, social welfare, and Asian American studies.
Professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.
Professor of public policy.
Associate professor of public policy.
Associate professor of political science and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics.
Assistant professor-in-residence of medicine.
Assistant professor of political science.
Assistant professor of communication studies.
Ph.D. candidate in political science.
Graduate student in political science.