California is seen as a leader in the United States.
Senate Bill 4, providing health care access to every child in California, is a great way to show the rest of the country that we care about the lives of the people that call California home, regardless of status.
This is a good first step, but more action is necessary at all levels of government. While most of the state is making steps towards making comprehensive health care for all a reality, Fresno County is doing just the opposite.
The end of the Medically Indigent Services Program served as a clear example of the divestment into the well-being of the community. The barrier to living a healthy, happy life should never be cost. By denying people the opportunity to access health care we are saying that we place very little value on their lives.
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Right now, very little is being done by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to tackle the lack of indigent care. Our county is refusing to invest in care for the medically indigent, and we have to show them that’s no way to lead.
Miguel Bibanco, Fresno