California Single-Payer System Has Another Go Before Senate Committee
A proposal to institute a single-payer health care system in California has found its way to a key state Senate committee. The proposal, which would cover all Californians through a state-run health insurance program, died in the Senate Appropriations Committee in California last year.
The Sacramento Bee: California Lawmakers Try Another 'Single-Payer' Health Care Bill
California's "Medicare for all" bill goes before a key Senate committee today, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between universal health insurance supporters and business. Senate Bill 810, introduced by San Francisco Democrat Sen. Mark Leno, would establish a California Healthcare Agency to run a single-payer health care system that would pool employer and employee payments. It would administer the money and negotiate rates with doctors, hospitals and other medical providers (Ortiz, 1/17).
MSNBC: Single-Payer Health Care Bill Faces Big Hurdle: Appropriations Committee
The California Universal Health Care bill didn't make it past the Senate Appropriations Committee last year. Tuesday more than 100 advocates plan to present the bill to the committee and are hoping for a better outcome. Under the single-payer bill, Californians would pay the state, instead of private insurance, to negotiate health care. The bill would cover any resident, including the estimated seven million Californians that don't have health insurance now (1/17).