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Is Single Payer Coming to California?

January 31, 2012

California came just a few votes shy of establishing a single-payer universal healthcare system in the state. Despite receiving a majority of votes in the state Senate – SB-810 – known as the Single Payer Health Care for California act – was two votes shy of the necessary 21 votes needed to pass out of the upper chamber. And it’s not because senators were opposed to the measure – but instead because four moderate Democrats decided not to vote at all. State Senators Alex Padilla, Juan Vargas, Michael Rubio, and Rod Wright all abstained from voting on the critical legislation – but all will have another chance on Tuesday when Democrats in the State Senate plan to bring the legislation up again for a vote. So what are the chances now that California could lead the way – and establish a single-payer health care system – in the nation’s most populated state?

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