Policy

SDCTA opposes the Drug Price Relief Act   Date: 06/08/2016

Author: SDCTA Staff
Media Source: Position Paper

SDCTA opposes the Drug Price Relief Act, as policies aimed at lowering prescription drug prices come with a trade-off. Price fixing prescription drugs to the VA would reduce healthcare costs for the State of California, but shift the burden of drug costs to private buyers or even the VA itself, which has been receiving discounts in recognition of veterans’ service and general health care needs. Moreover, pharmaceutical companies may offset profit losses by allocating less investment toward drug research and development, negatively affecting future innovation in medicine as well as San Diego’s large biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry and economy. The measure neither promotes efficiency nor equity in the drug market and therefore will not relieve the cost burdens of prescription medicine for patients as intended. The fiscal effects also remain unclear.

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SDCTA supports the Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Improvement Act   Date: 06/08/2016

Author: SDCTA Staff
Media Source: Position Paper

SDCTA supports the Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Improvement Act as it safeguards health care funding for low-income patients and children. The legislation would ensure that California maximizes its share of federal health care funding and that the money is used toward its intended purposes. Because private hospitals have agreed to contribute to a program that brings in $3 billion a year in matched federal funds, these resources should go to the 12 million Californians under Medi-Cal that need this aid the most. State officials and government leaders should not be able to divert these funds for other interests, unrelated to the provision of health care for underprivileged children and families. Otherwise, these missing health care resources will have to be compensated by taxpayers and private insurers whose taxes and premiums will increase respectively to subsidize costs. This legislature is a sensible and preventative measure that seeks to maximize California’s share of federal funding, protect health care funds from poor governance and accountability, and reduce the risk of closures and insufficient funding for hospitals that provide necessary care to the state’s most vulnerable populations.

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SDCTA Voter Guide June 2016   Date: 05/23/2016

Author: SDCTA Staff
Media Source: Miscellaneous

One of the most important functions of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) is to provide you -the voter- with ballot recommendations that satisfy our criteria for accountable, cost-effective and efficient government. We take pride in the depth of our analysis and the care taken in arriving at our positions. SDCTA has completed its review of the June 2016 Primary Election local ballot measures, and we take a position only with a supermajority (60%) vote of the SDCTA Board of Directors. We offer detailed analyses of each proposition at www.sdcta.org, and they are also linked in this document. We hope our guide is helpful as you vote on June 7th or cast an absentee ballot beforehand!

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