The research by the Public Policy Institute of California addresses a variety of concerns. The specifics reveal the problems that California and its residents face. The report is detailed and highlights the implications of the above concerns on the country’s growth. The report’s main concerns include housing, health care, and population.
According to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), there will more likely be further improvements in the healthcare system as a result of the creation of the Affordable Care Act overhaul (ACA). The implementation of ACA will result in the expansion of healthcare coverage, improvements in financing and delivery of care, and the formation of advanced prevention and wellness actions. The state is making substantial progress and commitment although there may be challenges on reshaping the healthcare due to the size of the California state and the diversity of the population. Further, there may be problems associated with connecting with millions of uninsured Californians to available cover options and the facilitation of enrolment activity. The creation of ACA leads to the expansion of Medi-cal, a healthcare insurance provider for low-income people. Notably, Medi-Cal is one of largest insurance firms and serves many people. The ACA will improve the population welfare and stimulate the growth of the economy leading to developments in the healthcare. However, not all people will benefit from the act such as the immigrants. Lastly, there hindrances due to the significant variance of healthcare across the Californian communities and the uneven distribution of resources in the regions thereby affecting the ratio of patient to doctors and charges for services. The state should focus on mobilization more resources to help grow the healthcare sector uniformly.
Despite the recovery of the housing sector, there are challenges such as water supply, high mortgage and rent rates. The developments in the housing sector are increasing at an average rate of 20 percent. Further, the demand for houses at high cost is realized in the coastal regions compared to the inland areas. The people are willing to pay higher wages at coastlands although policies are limiting the construction of more houses in the areas. The state has a challenge of balancing the building and the conservation of the environment. The housing is considered a huge cost to the homeowners and the residents renting space. There is a consistent rise in rent values in urban developments while the coastal homes are expensive and unaffordable to many people. Also, the rates of owning homes are on decrease ranging from 54 percent. The housing was affected by the great recession and economic uncertainties leading to loss of over 400,000 home ownership between 2012 to 2014 (Lofstrom and Martin). The state should plan for the expansion of housing and create policies to ensure the houses are affordable, increase the availability of affordable homes in high-cost regions such as coastlands, and ensure compliance with the environmental rules.
The PPIC report indicates that there is the consistent growth of the population in California in recent years. The growth of population is accompanied by an increase in diversity due to the migration of people from more than 60 countries. Notably, the immigrants have led to increasing of 3.4 million people between the year 2000 and 2010. The population is expected to increase from current 37.6 million individuals in the next two decades creating demand for expansion of housing, infrastructure and public services including water, security and education amongst others(Lofstrom and Martin). The challenge is investing in resources to accommodate the increase in the population of the nation.
I am concerned with the current state of California thus I would like to know the actions being taken to improve the conditions.
Lofstrom, Magnus, and Brandon Martin. California’s Future. California: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), 2017. Web. 2 May 2017.