Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

California Senate backs longshot single-payer care bill

California Senate backs longshot single-payer care bill

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Universal Health Care will now move on to the California State Assembly for modifications, and if passed will head back to the Senate.

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If it becomes law, the bill would make California the second state after Hawaii to require LSEs to rely on 100% renewables by 2045.

The proposal would not only cover all Californians who now have some form of health insurance, but almost 3 million more - mostly undocumented immigrants - who lack coverage, and would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for everyone.

Several Republican senators say the state can't afford another bond.

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That's the findings of an "Economic Analysis of the Healthy California Single-Payer Health Care Proposal (SB 562)", a research study by a team of economists at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, led by Dr. Robert Pollin, a premiere USA economist and author of a number of books on economic policy.

However, there's just one small detail: 65 percent support drops to 42 percent if a "single-payer" system requires new taxes, which, of course, it would. Put SB 562 on the ballot, along with realistic taxes to pay for it, and let voters decide.

"The last thing I want to do is to create another financial burden on the state", Lara said. But one big question looms: How will the state pay for the program's massive $400 billion dollar price tag? Ted Gaines, a Republican from El Dorado Hills near Sacramento. It also estimates the cost of health care would decrease under the program, meaning the state would need $331 billion each year to run the program.

In a study commissioned by the California Nurses Association, which is promoting the bill, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst suggested a sales tax and gross receipts tax on corporate revenue to raise the money.

"This bill idealistically assumes California can deliver on its promise to 40 million people", said Sen. "Yet ... the state is failing to sustain the current government-funded system, Medi-Cal, that only serves 14 million people".

The bill, SB562, still faces significant hurdles. But Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) refused to allow it to be brought up for debate because the environmental justice bill fell three votes short of passage, despite the vote being held open for more than half an hour. Jerry Brown, both Democrats, have expressed skepticism about the proposal. It also would need President Donald Trump's administration to waive federal Medicare and Medicaid rules. It now moves to the State Assembly.

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