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Lawmaker Proposes Bill For California Universal Health Care

A lawmaker at the state capitol has proposed a bill that would bring universal health care to California, making California the only state in the country to have single payer coverage.

Introduced by California Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), the plan calls for the biggest tax hike in history. “Despite being the richest country in the world, the United States is still the only country in the developed world without a system of universal healthcare,” said AB 1400 and ACA 11 joint-author Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose). The Assembly Bill 1400 called "CalCare" was discussed in a committee hearing yesterday, but was voted down. According to the bill, CalCare would provide single-payer coverage for all residents of the state, allowing them to access any doctor regardless of network, and would aim to lower prescription drug costs.

Governor Newsom does not support the plan.

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