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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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."

February 17, 2017


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.

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.”…

February 15, 2017

By Asia Morris

State Senator Ricardo Lara, whose district includes a significant portion of the city, introduced legislation today to improve staffing at more than 550 dialysis clinics in California, 10 of which are located in Long Beach....

“Dialysis patients are grandparents, children and siblings, not numbers on a balance sheet,” said Lara in a statement. “It’s time to fix the dialysis industry and improve patient care for the more than 63,000 Californians who rely on this life-saving treatment in clinics daily.”

February 08, 2017

By NBC 7 Staff

A bill proposed Wednesday could make California the first state in the nation to require cleaning products to disclose ingredients.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, introduced SB258 that would require companies list all ingredients in cleaning products. Currently, many ingredients are listed under words like fragrance....