For Immediate Release
March 2, 2018
Villaraigosa Tours the Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina
West Covina, CA – Former Mayor of Los Angeles and gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa toured the Queen of the Valley Hospital and spoke with health care providers and hospital administration about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed them to provide care to more Californians and the importance of protecting the ACA from efforts to dismantle it.
“Today, with the Affordable Care Act, nine out of ten Californians now have health coverage – which is progress that we can’t abandon,” said Villaraigosa. “Seeing how facilities and providers like the Queen of the Valley Hospital are able to provide quality care to more Californians with the support of the ACA reaffirms my belief that our number one priority on health care must be to protect the ACA.”
Villaraigosa was guided on a tour of the hospital’s emergency room and its Family Birth & Newborn Center. After the tour, Villaraigosa spoke with senior hospital administrators and physicians about how the ACA helped expand care to more Californians.
“The Affordable Care Act has made it possible to provide quality care to more residents, expanding health care to low-income and other vulnerable populations,” said Rob Curry, President & Chief Executive Officer of Citrus Valley Health Partners. “It’s an honor to show Mayor Villaraigosa our facility so he can see the how the ACA has helped us provide critical care to patients who might not otherwise get it.”
Villaraigosa has always fought for universal, quality and affordable health care – authoring the Healthy Families program, which was the largest expansion of health coverage in California since Medicaid was created in 1965 and until the ACA. Health care has become a central issue in the gubernatorial campaign, in particular, the debate on the SB 562 single-payer plan, which costs $400 billion.
“California can lead the way in providing quality health care for all, but SB 562 is not the way to do it. Not only would it create $200 billion in new taxes and end Medicare as we know it, SB 562 is based on the dubious premise that Donald Trump would approve a federal waiver to let the state implement it. Our first priority must to be to prevent the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress from dismantling the ACA, and we can’t let the political ambitions of a few candidates distract us from the fight in front of us,” said Villaraigosa.
Founded in 1962 by the Immaculate Heart Community, Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina is a fully accredited nonprofit, Catholic health care facility. It’s an affiliate of Citrus Valley Health Partners.