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California’s single-payer healthcare proposal faces crucial vote

For years, the single-payer healthcare movement has found traction in California.

In 1994, a proposal was made to replace private health insurance with a government-run system made the vote, even though it did not get enough votes. In 2017, a similar overhaul passed in the State Senate. The following year, Governor Gavin Newsom launched a campaign pledge to create the nation’s first one-time payment system at the state level.

Now, another such proposal is being tested in the Golden State.

Council Bill 1400 would create CalCare, a publicly funded health care system that would provide coverage to all Californians, similar to how medical treatments are provided in the UK or Canada. The bill must win a majority in the state Assembly vote today to have a chance to survive.

The proposal from Representative Ash Kalra, a Democrat, would form a nine-person panel to run CalCare and would eliminate many of the decentralized ways Californians currently receive health care. – also copays and deductions that usually go with them.

If enacted, these changes would make California the only state in the nation with a single-payer healthcare system. Vermont acceptance one in 2011, but the plan crashed before it was done.

However, there is an asterisk next to the big California plans. AB 1400 does not include any information on how the state’s new health care system will be funded.

A recent legislative analysis estimated it could cost between $314 billion and $391 billion per year. Advocates say the price tag, while high, will still be lower than what employers and Californians currently pay for private insurance.

However, the state will need funding to get the system to work. And the details of how California will roll out that money are not included in AB 1400 – they are in a separate, accompanying bill that has yet to be put up for a vote.

That bill, The National Assembly amends the constitution 11proposed raising taxes on businesses, large corporations and the wealthiest Californians to fund a one-time payer system.

It faced many obstacles to approval. It will need to pass the Senate and Congress and then put it before the voters, which Kalra says is unlikely before 2024, The Los Angeles Times reported.

In other words, no matter what happens today, advocates of single-payer health care in California still have a long way to go.

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Mariel Wamsley and Jonah Candelario contributed to California Today. You can contact the team at CAtoday@nytimes.com.

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