BY TARYN LUNA AND JIM MILLER
With the healthcare of millions of Californians at stake if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, a state senator is introducing legislation Friday to establish a single-payer system.
Under single-payer, the state would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said he intends to introduce a bare-bones measure and begin a conversation with stakeholders about the best way to move forward.
“This is an issue that we need to lead on now more than ever given the rhetoric we hear in Washington,” Lara said. “Dismantling the Affordable Care Act has been part of Trump’s agenda all along. As California leaders, we will be responsible for the delivery of healthcare for millions of people.”