Today, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President and CEO Crystal Strait issued the following statement regarding the announcement by California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) that the Assembly Select Committee on Healthcare Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage will begin holding hearings to develop plans for achieving universal health care in California.
“Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California applauds the leadership of Speaker Rendon in working to develop universal health care in California,” said Strait. “As a leading provider of health care services for women across California, Planned Parenthood encourages any and all efforts to expand access to quality affordable health care for all Californians. Given the threats to health care access coming from the federal level, California must continue to lead the way, just as it did during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. California is the state of progress, and we embrace the challenges before us. We look forward to working with committee chairs -- Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Dr. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) -- to meet those challenges and make sure California’s patients come first.”