Universal healthcare legislation dies in CA after Democrats refuse to vote on the bill
On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the death of AB 1400, the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, in the California Assembly.
The bill would have provided comprehensive, universal health care coverage to all Californians under a system called CalCare. The vote was supposed to happen yesterday, but Assemblyman Ash Kalra pulled the bill, saying it did not have the votes to pass. Supporters say he should have forced Democrats to go on the record with a nay or yay vote. Democrats have a supermajority in the Assembly. Because the bill was introduced last year, it had to pass yesterday.
Universal healthcare has always been up against big monied interests. Did they cause the bill's death? What's next?
Ash Kalra, California State Assembly member representing the City of San Jose who introduced AB 1400 last year and pulled it from the Assembly’s agenda yesterday
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