Healthcare isn’t about policy and it isn’t about numbers. It is about giving medical attention to every citizen who needs it – regardless of whether they can afford to see a doctor, receive urgent treatment or pay for life-saving medication.

That’s why when it comes to universal, single-payer, Medicare-for-All healthcare, there can be no compromise. Everyone in California deserves access to healthcare as a human right, and as your Lieutenant Governor I will fight to make this a reality. Please sign my petition calling on Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers to implement statewide Medicare-for-all.

Our job as a society must be to care for each others’ greater well-being. Our job as a democracy, therefore, must be to elect people to office who will write and enforce laws that guarantee that well-being. There is no greater measure of how we treat ourselves – how we look out for our fellow citizens – than healthcare.

And right now, we’re not getting the job done. Currently more than 15 million Californians lack health coverage. This means that millions of people aren’t seeing the physician or getting the treatment or medication they need simply because the bill is too high.

This is unacceptable. Last year, Big Pharma and health industry giants lobbied like crazy to keep the Healthy California Act, SB 562, from receiving a vote in the California legislature. They may have succeeded in scuttling Medicare-for-All in the short-term, but they can’t win in the long race.

We WILL have single-payer healthcare in our state – it isn’t a matter of whether, it is a matter of when. That is why I am asking you to sign my petition demanding that California lawmakers revisit SB 562, stand up to the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies, and grant the people what we demand: Medicare-for-All.

California recently became the world’s 5th biggest economy. Don’t tell me that a state this rich, this powerful and this innovative can’t come up with a way to ensure that all of its citizens have medical coverage. I refuse to accept this reality and I hope that you do, too.

Please support my campaign for California Lt. Governor so we can take this fight to Sacramento – and win. Our common health depends on it.