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Commentary: UCI’s patients, and workers, deserve better

October 15, 2016

Since the Affordable Care Act came online, 20 million more Americans have access to healthcare, including a million more Californians.

For healthcare providers like UC Irvine Medical Center, this means more customers. In fact, according to its last financial report, UCIMC has seen substantial increases in both patient admissions and outpatient visits over the past year.

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Commentary: UC bill about families, basic dignity (East Bay Times)

This is the time of year when hundreds of bills find their way to the governor’s desk.

Behind each is a story: the real life experiences of individuals who would be impacted by these laws. SB 959 (Sen. Ricardo Lara), which is on the governor’s desk, is my story.

Union calls for reasonable reform at UC

As a widening scandal involving misuse of public funds and other ethical breaches by its top brass grips the University of California, The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board criticized UC’s largest employee union for advocating greater scrutiny of potential conflicts of interest at UC (“Let’s step back from UC Davis turmoil”; May 1). The board also criticized AFSCME Local 3299 for legislation that would encourage UC elites to stop squandering public funds on private contractors that exploit low-wage workers.

UC paid hedge funds top dollar for paltry returns

Even after the tripling of in-state tuition, substantial cuts to student services, employee pension reform, the infusion of Proposition 30 funds and a multiyear budget agreement that increases state funding, the University of California remains on unstable and uncertain financial footing.

UC and the new economic paradigm

At the heart of America’s recurring problems with poverty, income inequality and race lies a major shift in how our economy is structured. Since 2009, so called “temporary” jobs (also known as “contingent” or “subcontracted” jobs) have grown at nine times the rate of traditional, career employment.


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