San Jose Mercury News: California lawmakers to introduce universal health care plan today

February 17, 2017

By Tracy Seipel and Katy Murphy
February 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

SACRAMENTO — In a surprise move that further complicates President Donald Trump’s push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, two California lawmakers today plan to introduce legislation that would create a single-payer health care system covering all 38 million Californians — including its undocumented residents….

“Everyone has a right to health care,” Lara said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to bringing a bill that Californians can support and the governor will sign.”…

Lara is no stranger to health care legislation, especially on behalf of the state’s poor and undocumented.

Last year, Gov. Brown signed into law the senator’s Health4All Kids bill, which allocates almost $280 million in the coming fiscal year to cover health care costs for 185,000 undocumented California children up to age 18.

Brown also signed a Lara bill that would have allowed undocumented Californians to buy insurance through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, regardless of their immigration status. The legislation would have cost taxpayers little or nothing because the undocumented wouldn’t have been entitled to any government subsidies, and the state filed for a federal waiver under the Affordable Care Act seeking to implement it.

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