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With ACA Repeal Looming, Calif. Lawmakers To Propose Single-Payer System For State

No state has a single-payer system, and critics say it would require hefty tax increases. However, advocates contend that taxes would replace insurance premiums, and savings would come from eliminating the huge administrative costs of insurance companies.

The Mercury News: California Lawmakers To Introduce Single-Payer Health Care Plan Today
In a surprise move that further complicates President Donald Trump’s push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, two California lawmakers today plan to introduce legislation that would create a single-payer health care system covering all 38 million Californians — including its undocumented residents. The universal health care plan, called the Healthy California Act and being proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, doesn’t offer much in the way of detail right now. (Seipel, 2/17)

California Healthline: Single-Payer Health Care Bill To Be Introduced In California Senate
The bill, which is a preliminary step, says that it is the “intent of the Legislature” to enact a law that would establish a comprehensive, single-payer health care program for the benefit of everyone in the state. The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), does not offer specifics of what the plan would look like, nor does it mention a timetable. A single-payer system would replace private insurance with a government plan that pays for coverage for everyone. Proponents argue that single-payer systems make health care more affordable and efficient, but opponents say they raise taxpayer costs and give government too much power. (Gorman, 2/17)

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