March 16, 2017 | California Health Care Foundation
As Congress looks at repealing key parts of the Affordable Care Act, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is suggesting the state take another run at universal health coverage.
Newsom is among several candidates likely to run for governor next year and is proposing a universal health plan as part of his campaign. He said he’s still coming up with the details but is drawing inspiration from the Healthy San Francisco program that he signed into law a decade ago as the city’s mayor. It uses a mix of public dollars and employer contributions to help the uninsured.
Other elected Democrats have recently endorsed the idea of a single-payer system in California. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) filed legislation last month that would take a first step toward such a system.
Could universal health care coexist with Republican health plans in Washington? Chad Terhune, a senior correspondent at California Healthline and Kaiser Health News, discussed the question on Wednesday with A Martinez, host of the “Take Two” show on Southern California Public Radio.
Here's the link to the audio at the "Take Two" show...