Feb. 11, 2022

Making Sense of California’s Healthcare News

Making Sense of California’s Healthcare News

A bid for universal healthcare falters in California. Meanwhile, the state is posed to take up misleading “Right to Repair” legislation that would allow technicians who are not held to FDA safety standards to operate on medical equipment. What are the ripple effects for patients across the country? Health policy expert Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute explains what patients should know. 

And hear about what’s happening at the federal level, including potential bipartisan solutions for drug pricing legislation and Medicare coverage for COVID-19 tests. 

Plus, guests Eric Koleda and James Barley discuss how hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has helped veterans overcome PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). However, accessing and affording this care remains a challenge. And the “Real Forrest Gump,” Vietnam Veteran Sammy Lee Davis and his wife Dixie share their personal stories about how HBOT has impacted their lives. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent


Sally Pipes, President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute 

Eric Koleda, Veteran and Director of HBOT4KYVETS

James Barley, Brigadier General, Desert Storm and Vietnam Veteran 

Sammy Lee Davis, “The Real Forrest Gump,” Medal of Honor Recipient

Dixie Davis



Cancer Moonshot Fact Sheet

Universal Healthcare - CA

Right to Repair Act

Biden-Harris Administration Will Cover Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Through 

Medicare | CMS

Build Back Better Act

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Get the Facts | FDA

HBOT for Kentucky Vets

Letter Supported: Opposition to any “Right to Repair” Legislation - Patients Rising Now

Survey: Most Californians believe worst of COVID is over | The Sacramento Bee

California's single-payer bill dies - POLITICO

Is Your Medical Equipment Safe? | Patients Rising Podcast

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