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California Senate backs longshot single-payer care bill

California Senate backs longshot single-payer care bill

That same study also estimated a reduced total cost of $331 billion as opposed to $400 billion, and was partially funded by the California Nurses Association.

Under the plan, government would negotiate prices with doctors, hospitals and other providers, acting as the "single payer" for everyone's health care in the place of insurance companies. "We propose two new taxes to generate the revenue required to offset the loss of private insurance spending: a gross receipts tax of 2.3% and a sales tax of 2.3%, along with exemptions and tax credits for small business owners and low-income families to promote tax-burden equity".

The California legislation is important for two reasons: The state includes one of every eight US residents, and the single-payer drive there runs directly counter to national Republican plans to dismantle the federal Affordable Care Act - but without a replacement. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte).

"Colleagues, cliff dead ahead", he quipped.

Business interests also say employers and workers would be hard pressed to absorb additional taxes.

— Existing state and federal health care funding could provide $225 billion.

The Senate approved a measure to block the state from contracting with companies that want to help build the border wall championed by Trump, one of more than a dozen Democratic proposals to resist the Republican president's immigration agenda. With bills like these year in and year out, Democratic lawmakers seem determined to test whether the next imposition will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

The Senator's efforts have paid off as his proposed 4AM nightlife bill has officially passed in the Senate, allowing it to now move to Assembly for a review and a vote before reaching the governor for final word to "allow but not require local communities to let their bars and nightclubs serve alcohol until 4AM".

The bill is based on recommendations of the "American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control for the optimal time to start school for improved public health of teenage students".

"But I'm not sure if we had this fully cooked, if in fact, everyone would actually vote for this measure". All lawmakers who voted against the bill and most who abstained are Democrats. He argued that the best course was to hold off on the vote, "finish the policy work" and put the proposal on the ballot in 2018.

"Transitioning to a 100% carbon-free future in an economy the size of California's requires persistence, commitment and vision", said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association.

After that report came out, a new, more detailed cost estimate was provided by economists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "That's not going to happen this year".

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Oakland, argued that a single-payer plan "may be a necessity". "I don't know how we complain about Washington, D.C. making changes to health care and saying they're vague, when we're vague..."

California cities like San Francisco and LA are one step closer to a 4 AM alcohol curfew.

Assembly measures that were passed without the 72-hour advance publication could be invalidated if they become law, he argued.

"It's gonna take some Republicans here - the Democrats can't do this alone", Brown said. "We're gonna ask for a couple hundred billion dollars from the feds after we kick the crap out of Trump, day in, day out, on this floor - then we're gonna go beg him for a couple hundred billion dollars?"


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