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The California Medical Association touted Gavin Newsom as “a lifelong champion for health care in California.” Previously, the organization has said that the single-payer bill Newsom supports “would dismantle the healthcare marketplace and destabilize California’s economy.”
It’s going to take “years” to transition California into a single-payer system, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says. “It is not an act that would occur by the signature of the next governor.”
Lawmakers in the California Senate health committee are set to vote Wednesday on a measure that would crack down on third-party premium assistance for dialysis patients. The bill has the backing of insurers and powerful labor groups.
But proponents have not addressed how they suggest the state pay for it. The push is part of a larger effort to move California toward universal health care coverage.
Some advocates are pushing for incremental change with universal coverage as the goal, but others are still focused on single-payer legislation.
The Federal Vacancies Reform Act gives the president authority to temporarily fill a vacancy at a federal agency with an acting official if the current office holder “dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office.” But some legal experts note that the law does not explicitly grant that authority to the president in the case of firings. The White House and former VA Secretary David Shulkin have been refuting each other’s claims over what happened.
Language on abortion threw a wrench in both sides’ plans to add money to stabilize the marketplace into the sweeping spending bill that Congress passed last week. Now they’ll have to deal with the potential fallout. Meanwhile, some Americans are opting to take a chance they’ll stay healthy over paying astronomical insurance bills.
Lawmakers late Friday released 14 bills they’re expected to promote as a package this year, because Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has shelved protential single-payer legislation.
“It’s not an either/or. We can make progress in providing real, tangible benefit for consumers today while also organizing and advocating for broader reforms,” says Anthony Wright with Health Access California.
The Sacramento Bee breaks down the obstacles that may keep single-payer legislation from becoming reality.