The Berkeley Blog – By Susan Fang, Human Rights Center fellow and Joint Medical Program student
San Francisco is an exciting place to be — especially because of its history of progressive politics and culture of grassroots organizing. The city’s passage of the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) in 2006 represented an attempt to implement near-universal health care throughout San Francisco and reaffirmed the city’s commitment to vulnerable people.
No doubt the focus of this legislation on prevention, primary care, and increasing equity in access to care has this UC Berkeley student in public health and doctor-in-training jumping for joy. Through innovative experiments in social responsibility, San Francisco has managed to make leaps in health care reform locally that the federal government can’t or won’t make.