Over the past decade, our health care premiums have gone up by
more than 50%, a rate much higher than the cost of living.
Each year, our health care premium rates are established during
negotiations between CalPERS and health care insurers like Kaiser
and Blue Shield, a process which includes public discussion in
May and a vote by the board in June.
California is on the verge of a retirement crisis: With what is
already one of the highest poverty rates among seniors in the
nation, more than six million Californians have no access to a
workplace retirement plan and are in danger of retiring to
significantly diminished lifestyles. Nearly half of California’s
working population is headed toward retirement into poverty.
It has been estimated that there are almost 12 million
undocumented residents living in the U.S. They reside
uncomfortably in the shadows of our communities, unable to share
in the responsibilities or privileges of citizenship, and they
live in fear of unexpected and often arbitrary enforcement of
immigration laws…laws that
a majority of Americans want changed.