Supporters of single-payer health care march to the Capitol Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill, SB562 by Democratic State Senators Ricardo Lara, of Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, of San Diego, that would guarantee health coverage with no out-of-pocket cost for all California residents, including people living in the country as undocumented, is to be heard in the Senate Health Committee, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWS UPDATE: California Nurses Association PRESS RELEASE: 05/22/2017 SB 562, the Healthy California Act, took another step forward in the California legislature Monday in a hearing by the state Senate Appropriations Committee and appears headed to a full vote on the Senate floor by early June. The Appropriations Committee will formally vote on the bill Thursday.
Two California lawmakers propose a remake of the State health care system that eliminates insurers and guarantees health coverage for every California resident.
SACRAMENTO, CA — Two California lawmakers have advanced a proposal to substantially promote single payer health care, eliminating insurance companies to ensure guaranteed coverage for all residents.
The idea of single payer, advocated in California by SB562 Healthcare for All, is gaining impetus among lawmakers, as replacement of The Affordable Care Act weaves its way into a possible Congressional outcome.
Two Democratic senators, along with California’s powerful nurses union, proposed the health care upgrade with the intention of persuading lawmakers that the time is right to expand public policy into a new era of legislative response to health care needs.
The proposal guarantees health coverage that entails no out-of-pocket expenses for any Californians, including undocumented residents. Protecting residents from personal expense would be accomplished by barring private insurers from covering like services — effectively excluding them from the market. A state agency would be the liaison between patients and health care providers.
As always, a budget must be planned to move the proposal from concept to implementation. But single payer appears to be gaining momentum towards becoming a reality in California.
To learn more on the progress of proposed single payer in California, please see the April 26, 2017 U.S. News & World Report: Plan to Give Health Care to Every Californian Moves Forward reporting source for the information herein presented.