SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers pushed ahead Wednesday with a proposal that may considerably remake the well being care system of the nation’s most populous state by changing insurance coverage corporations with authorities-funded well being care for everybody.
The thought generally known as single-payer well being care has lengthy been fashionable on the left and is getting a brand new look in California as President Donald Trump seems to switch former President Barack Obama’s well being care regulation.
The proposal, promoted by the state’s highly effective nursing union and two Democratic senators, is a longshot. However supporters hope the time is true to influence lawmakers in California, the place Democrats wish to push the boundaries of liberal public coverage and are keen to face as much as the Republican president.
“It’s time to say as soon as and for all that well being care is a proper, not a privilege for many who can afford it,” stated Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, who wrote the invoice together with Democratic Sen. Toni Atkins of San Diego.
Tons of of nurses clad in purple rallied in help of the measure and marched to the state Capitol in Sacramento, packing the hallways earlier than a Senate Well being Committee listening to. They have been joined by Democratic activists and supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who advocated single-payer well being care in his unsuccessful presidential marketing campaign and has launched federal laws.
Democrats on the panel voted to advance the measure.
The measure would assure well being protection with no out-of-pocket prices for all California residents, together with individuals dwelling within the nation illegally.
Personal insurers can be barred from overlaying the identical providers, primarily eliminating them from the marketplace. As an alternative, a brand new state company would set costs and contract with well being care suppliers akin to docs and hospitals and pay the payments for everybody.
Nevertheless, an important query is unanswered: The place will the cash come from? California well being care expenditures final yr totaled greater than $367 billion, based on the Middle for Well being Coverage Analysis at College of California, Los Angeles.
The measure envisions utilizing all public cash spent on well being care – from Medicare, Medicaid, federal public well being funds and “Obamacare” subsidies. However it additionally would require…