State’s Single-Payer Bill Faces Make-Or-Break Hearing With Appropriations Panel
SB 562 would establish a nine-member board to oversee health care in the state and create a trust fund to help pay for the program. What it doesn’t include is a detailed plan to show where the rest of the funds would come from.
Single-Payer Health Care For California Takes The Next Step
California’s latest attempt at creating a state-run health care system faces a critical juncture Monday. Senate Bill 562, titled the Healthy California Act, goes before the state Senate appropriations committee in Sacramento. The bill, which lays out a plan to provide universal single-payer health coverage for California, passed the California Senate health committee in April. (Faust, 5/22)
Orange County Register:
As D.C. Attacks Obamacare, California Takes Steps Toward Single-Payer Health Care
The plan going to the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday could cost Californians more and faces substantial hurdles to enact. But it promises to provide everybody in the state — including those here illegally — with care that in most cases would be superior and easier to access than what they have now. “It’s the only way to guarantee health care for every Californian in a sustainable way, especially given efforts in Washington to roll back coverage,” said Michael Lighty, director of public policy for the California Nurses Association. The union is sponsoring the measure. (Wisckol, 5/19)