Single-Payer Becoming Litmus Test For California Democrats
The reality of how much it would cost to implement a single-payer system in the state is coming to a head with a fervor within the party to see it happen.
The Mercury News:
California Single-Payer Bill Puts Dems In Tough Position
A sweeping proposal to replace private medical insurance in California with a single, government-run health care system has suddenly taken on sharp political edges for Democrats, threatening party unity even as it promises to mobilize voters on the left. Supporters say “single-payer” proposals like Senate Bill 562, which the state Senate could vote on this week, are becoming a hard-and-fast litmus test for Democrats in California, and perhaps nationally — despite the long odds of one state going it alone with a top-to-bottom health care overhaul. (Murphy, 5/27)
California Set To Vote On Single-Payer Health
As the Republicans in Congress work on a bill to replace Obamacare, California lawmakers are considering a radical move in the other direction. The state senate is set to vote on a bill that would create a so-called "single payer" health care system for California. The bill the senate will vote on this week would cut out insurance companies and put the state in charge of paying for all health care. (Faust, 5/29)