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Your Call: What happened to California's single payer healthcare bill?

Photo Courtesy: healthycaliforniaact.org


In early June, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 562, the Healthy California Act, but it passed without details on how to pay for it. A few weeks later, it was shelved by the California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He said, "We have never found a funding source. All the other details that were missing made it woefully incomplete."

Why did Rendon shelve the bill? What's in it? And what needs to happen for California to win its fight for universal health care?  


Dr. Paul Song, oncologist and national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program

David Dayen, journalist and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud

Web Resources:

SB-562 The Healthy California Act

Physicians for National Health Program

Mother Jones: : Everything You Need to know About the Single-Payer Fight in California

The Intercept: California Single-Payer Organizers are Deceiving their Supporters. It’s Time to Stop.

The Sacramento Bee: ‘Woefully incomplete’ universal health bill dead for the year in California

Capital & Main: Study Shows California’s Single-Payer Bill Would Save Health Care Costs

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.