Even In Liberal California, Odds Are Stacked Against Single-Payer System
The legislation has a lot to overcome, and its hefty price tag is first on that list.
Single-Payer Bills Bloom In California And New York, But Experts Question Viability
California's Democratic-controlled state Senate advanced a bill that would establish a $400 billion, tax-supported public health plan that would cover all residents, including undocumented immigrants. The bill would eliminate private insurance. There would be no co-pays or deductibles. Observers say the measure is unlikely to be enacted because it would require a big tax increase, and all tax increases require a two-thirds super-majority in both chambers of California's Legislature. (Lee, 6/7)