Statement of Senator Ricardo Lara on Assembly Speaker’s Creation of Select Committee on Universal Healthcare

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), joint author of the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562), released the following statement in response to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s announcement of a Select Committee on Universal Healthcare:

“I am glad the Assembly is joining the conversation about universal healthcare that started in the Senate this year with the passage of the Healthy California Act, Senate Bill 562. The Select Committee is an important step to a bicameral discussion about healthcare for all and to getting SB 562 on track for debate in the Assembly.

“The conversations I have had with my friend Speaker Anthony Rendon show he is committed to healthcare for all, and the Select Committee is a tangible product of that commitment. Having more legislators involved in hearing the healthcare stories of Californians will move this important debate forward.

"I will be inviting health leaders from Japan, Australia, Canada and Germany so legislators can hear the direct experience of other nations that already have universal healthcare.

“Americans’ healthcare is under continual assault by Congress, and millions of Californians still paying too much for healthcare that doesn’t cover enough. Now is the time for California to lead on healthcare, and I look forward to working with the Speaker and Assembly colleagues to shape the future of universal healthcare.