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Universal Health Care Plan For California Takes Shape, But Details On Paying For It Remain Fuzzy

Californians would be required to participate in the public program and insurance companies would be barred from offering coverage for services already included in the the plan. Gov. Jerry Brown has expressed deep skepticism about how the state would fund the program.

San Jose Mercury News: California Lawmakers Lay Out Proposed Universal Health Care Plan
An ambitious proposal to create a single statewide insurance plan for every Californian — including undocumented residents, seniors on Medicare and people who now get their health coverage through work — began to take shape on Thursday when two legislators released details about what services would be covered and who would run the giant program. (Murphy, 3/30)

Sacramento Bee: Single-Payer Health Care System In California Proposed
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, released policy details about a plan to create a single-payer health care system for all California residents on Thursday. Lara’s proposal would drastically alter the insurance market in the state. Under the single-payer plan, the state would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others. (Luna, 3/30)

Meanwhile, in Florida —

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