Single Payer Health Care Approved By California SenateJan 28th, 2010 | By Main Contributor | Category: Health Care
With a 22 to 14 vote, the California Senate voted to approve bill SB810 to establish a single payer health care system. The bill sets aside $1 million to establish a commission to draw up plans to pay for the system. The payment plan would then need to be approved by the voters in order to be implemented. At a time when national health care reform seems unlikely to pass, Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) responded, “If it’s not to be done at the national level, let us take the lead.”
Californians already pay $200 billion a year for their current health care system. The $200 billion would be used to establish the single payer system. Funding would also be increased for the single payer system by shifting any funds that insurance companies currently make in profits to the government run plan as well as payment adjustments to doctors and hospitals.
The bill now will go the the Assembly to be voted on and if passed, it will be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign into law. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has threatened to veto the legislation and it is not clear if Democrats will have the votes to override the veto.