California Single Payer Healthcare System Bill Introduced (Lara)

Last Friday (2/17), California State Senator Ricardo Lara  (D-Bell Gardens) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced a Bill that would create a Single Payer healthcare system in California.

The Bill is in response to the Trump Administration's state goal of repealing and replacing the ACA (Affordable Care Act / ObamaCare) and would seek to cover all Californians including illegal immigrants.  

Lara said that although the federal Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage, medical care is still too expensive, even for those with insurance, and the law excludes immigrants in the country illegally.
"We have reached a pivotal moment where there's a threat to healthcare," Lara said. "I felt it was important that we create a different narrative here in California."

I will update as more information becomes available. 

LA Times Article


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