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Young Man a Challenger in Peninsula Health Care District Race

"Affordable, accessible and quality health care for everyone," he says.

Jacob Angel, a 20-year-old San Mateo resident, announced on March 20 that he is running for a seat on the Peninsula Health Care District Board of Directors in November’s election.

Two of five seats on the board are up for election this fall, and incumbents Dr. Daniel Ullyot and Dr. Ricardo Navarro have yet to announce their bid for reelection.

Angel’s grandmother, who was diagnosed with dementia about four years ago, led him to seek alternate avenues of funding for her care and subsequently sparked his interest in running for the health district. His motivation for running is to access the district’s cash reserves and create more programs, specifically for seniors.

“With its large reserve and lack of spending, I knew something was wrong. The district has been taking the tax payers money since the early 40’s and while they did their  job then, they are not doing now,” he said in a statement. “There are people out there who have been paying year after year to support a system that does not give anything back to them. And I think its time we gave back.”

He proposes using the $46 million reserve to fund programs to benefit the communities, as Medicare and other federal programs will likely be slashed in the coming years. He also wants to use the district’s coffers for financial aide for students pursuing careers in the medical field. 

“Decent health care is the stepping-stone to a better quality of life,” Angel said in a statement.

Angel will kick-off his campaign on March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at , located at 223 East 4th Ave. in San Mateo. For more information about Jacob Angel, his campaign or upcoming events, visit www.votejacobangel.com.

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Rex March 25, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I'd vote for him, but I think it's a long, hard battle to change anything in the health care business, including why the district has so much money in reserve.
Jacob Angel March 26, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Well, Rex the reason that there is such a large reserve is because the Peninsula Health Care District feels that Sutter Health may abandon their investment in the Mills-Peninsula Hospital or that Sutter will go into Paramount Default. In either case the current Board of Directors feels that they need a reserve to buy the Hospital should anything happen to Sutter Health. But in my mind Sutter will not leave for a variety of reason the largest being that they make a lot of money off of the community and it would be foolish to leave and lose out on all that profit.
Rex March 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Thanks, it sounds like you know what's going on. I'm just so disgusted with the state of the health care system in this country that I'm happy to see someone try to fix even a little part of it.
Fel Amistad April 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Our Peninsula Health Care District needs new blood to invigorate and resuscitate a comatose organization which has not exhibited informative details and reporting about the finances and funding of its various projects and obligations. We need representative government and oversight of this Board to ensure that all taxpayers are fully aware of the incoming and outgoing monies of the district. The younger adults of this County are the true beneficiaries of the future. We need a representative from that sector. Jacob Angel fits the bill perfectly!

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