Advocates For Universal Coverage Scaling Back Ambitions From Single-Payer System
“It’s not an either/or. We can make progress in providing real, tangible benefit for consumers today while also organizing and advocating for broader reforms,” says Anthony Wright with Health Access California.
Capital Public Radio:
Liberal Groups Mount Push For Universal (Not Single-Payer) Healthcare In California
California isn’t moving to a single-payer health care system anytime soon. So a coalition of liberal advocacy groups is calling for policy actions this year to achieve statewide universal coverage under California’s current health care system. Many of the groups in the coalition support single-payer but acknowledge that barriers like state costs and Trump administration approval are insurmountable in the short term. (Adler, 3/15)
The Mercury News:
Advocates Offer New Remedy For California Health Care Woes As A Bridge To Single Payer
California won’t be adopting single-payer health care with its $400 billion price tag anytime soon. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made sure of that by opposing it. But the health care system is ailing, and organized labor, health care advocates and several Democratic lawmakers are offering a new prescription in the form of several bills. The measures could provide a bridge to a single-payer system in the future. “Universal coverage is within our grasp,” Anthony Wright of Health Access California, the leading proponent of the package, said at a news conference at the state Capitol Thursday. (Morain, 3/15)