San Jose Mercury News: California Senate passes single-payer health care plan

June 01, 2017

By Katy Murphy

SACRAMENTO — As a legislative deadline loomed, California senators Thursday — in some cases, reluctantly — voted to pass a $400 billion plan to create a government-run health care system without a way to pay for it.

Senate Bill 562, by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, passed 23-14 and will now advance to the Assembly, where it will likely be amended to include taxes. And that would mean the measure would require two-thirds votes in both chambers.

“What we did today was really approve the concept of a single-payer system in California,” Lara said in an interview after the vote.

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