Candidates Endorse Single-Payer Health System
All six candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 6th District Assembly seat support a single-payer health care system, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. The 6th District represents Marin and southern Sonoma counties.
Marin County Supervisor Cynthia Murray said a single-payer system is her main goal.
Marin County Democratic Chair John Alden said his platform, which features universal health care, would "utterly transform" the Democratic party.
Petaluma Council member Pamela Torliatt said she supports a bill (SB 840) by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles) that would establish a single-payer health system that would save an estimated $44 billion.
Other candidates said they support a universal health care system but named other issues as their main focus.
The 6th District seat currently is held by Assembly member Joe Nation (D-San Rafael), who has served three two-year terms (Benefield, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 4/27).