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Defending the Public Option - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/08/20/SF_Mayor_Gavin_Newsoms_Health_Care_Press_Conference San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom reflects on the success of the Healthy San Francisco program. He holds it up as an example of a successful healthcare reform plan. "Healthcare reform without a public option is not reform," he says. ----- National AFL-CIO President John Sweeney joins Mayor Gavin Newsom and local and state labor leaders at City Hall. Leaders tout the success of the Healthy San Francisco program as an example of the benefits of a strong public health care option could provide nationally. Gavin Christopher Newsom is the current mayor of San Francisco. A Democrat, Newsom was elected mayor in 2003, succeeding Willie Brown and becoming San Francisco's youngest mayor in 100 years. As Mayor, Newsom has focused on development projects in Hunters Point and Treasure Island. He signed the Health Choices Plan in 2007 to provide San Francisco residents with universal healthcare. Under Newsom, San Francisco joined the Kyoto Protocol. In 2004, Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In August 2004, the Supreme Court of California annulled the marriages that Newsom had authorized, as they conflicted with state law at that time. Still, Newsom's unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage and gay rights, solidifying political support for Newsom in San Francisco and in the gay community, and causing several other states to change their laws concerning marriage and gay rights. Newsom has officially announced his candidacy for governor of California in the 2010 election.
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