Despite Setbacks, Fervor Over Single-Payer Hasn’t Fizzled, And Probably Won’t Anytime Soon
The Los Angeles Times looks at why the idea has taken root, and what's coming next.
Los Angeles Times:
The Debate Over Single-Payer Healthcare In California Isn't Going Away. Here's Why
Calls for a sea change in the state’s healthcare system have proven remarkably durable, even after Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved a measure in June that would have made the state responsible for paying all of its residents’ medical costs. A recently filed ballot initiative, budding campaigns against sitting lawmakers — including a recall effort against Rendon — and new plans for legislators to wrestle with how to achieve universal healthcare have taken shape in recent weeks, and the conversation is poised to take on national heft as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders prepares to introduce a “Medicare for all” measure in the fall. (Mason, 8/27)
The Washington Post:
In Trump States, Sanders Tries To Push Democrats To The Left On Health Care
It looked just like a campaign launch, from the line winding around the Fellowship Chapel Church, to the tailgaters giving away hot dogs, to the 2,000 voters who eventually packed inside. But when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) arrived, there were no waving signs. They were there to kick off the push for universal health care, with legislation queued up for September, and no expectation that the Republican-controlled Congress would pass it. “Every major country in the world, they’ve already got it,” said Conyers. (Weigel, 8/26)