Single Payer Moves Out of CA Senate

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Senator Ricardo Lara

Jun 1, 2017 (Sacramento) Single payor has moved out of the Senate and now remains to be voted in the Assembly. This bill was co-authored by State Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego and Ricardo Lara from Los Angeles, both Democrats. It meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, with a state-run single payer system. The program could cost as much as $400 million dollars to run annually.

Lara said in a statement:

“Despite the incredible progress California has made, millions still do not have access to health insurance and millions more can’t afford the high deductibles and copays and often forgo care,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “For me, this issue is personal. This is the right fight, and the right thing to do for California’s families, children and seniors.”

“More and more, Californians believe healthcare is a basic human right. The momentum to provide universal care is building, and the moment is right to create a single-payer plan,” said Senator Toni Atkins. “I thank my Senate colleagues who voted to give SB 562 a chance to succeed. Let’s be clear – there is a lot of hard work to be done on this bill. There will be numerous hearings, plenty of input from interested parties and lots of time for the public to weigh in. I believe we can create a sound proposal for a healthcare system that costs less money and covers all Californians.”

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst study found that the bill will come with significant savings and efficiencies.when implemented into law. So while the initial cost seems to be very high, it may actually be lower. However, the bill has no clear funding source, as of yet.

We are adding Senator Atkin’s statement 

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