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Senator Ricardo Lara Honors Resilience of Cambodian Americans 42 Years After Murder of Millions

April 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 36 to recognize the contributions and resilience of California’s Cambodian American community. SCR 36 proclaims Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Week from April 17 to April 23.

Cambodian Americans from across California journeyed to Sacramento for the vote, including many from Long Beach, which hosted the first Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day in 2015.

KQED: Democratic Lawmaker Advocates Transparency For Household Cleaning Products

March 09, 2017

By Daniel Potter

A Democratic lawmaker from Southern California is advocating for household cleaning products to list their ingredients on labels.

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) says some chemicals in cleaning products can cause adverse side effects such as asthma or cancer. The reproductive systems of women - whom Lara notes tend to deal with such products more often - can also be negatively affected.

LA Times: With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with 'single-payer' system

March 09, 2017

 By Soumya Karlamangla

With President Trump now vowing to put forward a replacement for the Affordable Care Act in March, some California politicians and healthcare advocates are once again promoting the idea of a state-run “single-payer” system that operates like Medicare….

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill Friday that would make California the first state to adopt single-payer, also called “Medicare for all.” Canada has such a system….

Los Angeles Times: Thanks to Trump and the GOP, a California single-payer healthcare system is now possible

March 03, 2017

By David Lazarus

Could California have its own single-payer health insurance system providing coverage for all residents? A bill has been introduced in the state Legislature that would do just that — and its chances of success could be vastly improved by President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress….

The idea is back in play thanks to state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who last week introduced a bill aimed at creating a Medicare-for-all system for Californians.

Capitol Public Radio: Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Single-Payer Health Care Bill Inclusive To All Californians

February 27, 2017

By Chris Nichols

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a bill to create a single-payer health care system for all Californians, including immigrants living in the state illegally.

Sen. Ricardo Lara of Los Angeles County is one of the bill’s authors.

“We know Californians fully support health care and health for all," Lara says. "We’re in the situation now responding to the looming threat from the federal government to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and we need to be prepared.”

Long Beach Press-Telegram: State senator, mayor push single payer health system at Long Beach rally

February 25, 2017

By Andrew Edwards, Press-Telegram

A state Senator who represents the Long Beach area asked an already-motivated crowd to “send a message that California is going to stand up for patients” during a rally intended to build support for the latest bid to establish universal health care in the state.

California Healthline: Single-Payer Health Care Bill To Be Introduced In California Senate

February 17, 2017

By Anna Gorman
Kaiser Health News

Legislation to be introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past.

San Francisco Chronicle: California legislation would create single-payer health care system

February 17, 2017

By Emily Green
San Francisco Chronicle

A push for a single-payer health care system in California is making a comeback.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County) plans to introduce legislation Friday to create a single system that would provide health insurance to every California resident.

“This is our opportunity to put ourselves on the record and be proactive against a Trump administration that is hellbent on eliminating the Affordable Care Act,” Lara said.

Los Angeles Times: California lawmaker proposes bill that would create a single-payer healthcare system in the state

February 17, 2017

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) on Friday introduced a bill that would create a single-payer healthcare system in California.

Lara said that although the federal Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage, medical care is still too expensive, even for those with insurance, and the law excludes immigrants in the country illegally.

"We have reached a pivotal moment where there's a threat to healthcare," Lara said. "I felt it was important that we create a different narrative here in California."

Sacramento Bee: California bill calls for state-run health care system

February 17, 2017

BY TARYN LUNA AND JIM MILLER
tluna@sacbee.com

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.