Palo Alto Weekly: Battle over health care costs hits Palo Alto


by Gennady Sheyner / Palo Alto Weekly

June 13, 2018

Palo Alto City Hall became an unlikely frontier in a broader battle over health care costs Monday night, when a crowd of medical professionals packed into the Council Chambers to debate the merits of a citizen initiative that would cap how much local hospitals can charge patients.

Dozens of supporters and opponents of the initiative attended the City Council meeting to hold competing signs and sound off on the measure, which is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union -- United Healthcare Workers West and which will would prohibit Stanford Health Care and other local medical providers from charging patients more than 115 percent of the "reasonable cost of direct patient care."