64. Anthony Wright
Being a health care activist in the midst of a pandemic can’t be easy, but there were some bright spots. Anthony Wright, heads Health Access California, which pushes for greater access to quality health care, and he had some reasons to be pleased. First, President Biden named former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the new secretary for Health and Human Services, which means Wright, who has been back in D.C. this year, has a familiar friend at the federal level. Second, California’s Medi-Cal program, which provides health care to about a third of the state’s population, got lots of money — nearly $6 billion more in the 2021-22 fiscal year, an unprecedented hike. Quite a change from last year’s doom and gloom predictions. Wright has spent most of his professional life advocating for the expansion of quality health care. He was active in the discussions that led to the creation of Covered California, and his fingerprints are usually all over any progressive health care-related legislation that emerges from the Capitol.
Updated Aug. 25, 2o21