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The plans, which are part of a growing cross-border health system, offer premiums that are 60 to 70 percent lower than comparable ones in the U.S.
Before, the measure was primarily opposed by health plans and business groups, but several heavy-hitter medical associations are gearing up for a fight.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon originally stoked the California Nurses Association’s ire when he shelved single-payer legislation over the summer. When asked two weeks ago if he was going to reconsider it, he responded that the sponsors had don’t nothing but sit on their hands for the past few months. In a tweet, executive director RoseAnn DeMoro blasted “corporate Democrat” Rendon for “pushing alternative facts.”
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the bill aside last year, calling it “woefully incomplete.”
Few undocumented residents are able to obtain help for chronic aging issues before their problems become bad enough to send them to the ER, where they are guaranteed emergency care. The financial burden of treating an aging, uninsured population in the coming years will put stress on a system that is already struggling with high costs.
Even though single-payer legislation was shelved in 2017 because of a lack of details on how to pay for the system, it’s anywhere but on the back burner for many in California.
Some of the advice Democrat Peter Shumlin has for California in its attempt to move toward universal health care: Set specific goals, tie the bill to cost controls and change how providers are paid.
California’s lawsuit against the new rules that allow employers to cite religious or moral objections to providing workers coverage for birth control says that they violate the U.S. Constitution by overvaluing religious beliefs and discriminating against women.
While front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been offering full-throated support of universal health care, opponent and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has focused more on how hard it would be to pay for.
California Treasurer John Chiang said he supports the ideas behind a universal health care system, but also points out the costs that would be associated with it.