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The U.S. wants to be like Canada in hockey some day. Should we also follow them toward single-payer, universal health care? Democrats in the Legislature say yes, and they think the Golden State should lead the way, despite defeats at the polls and in the governor’s office. My New York Times column this week looks at Sen. Mark Leno’s effort to carry the torch passed to him after Sheila Kuehl, the state’s longtime champion of the idea, was forced from office by term limits.
On a party-line vote, the state Senate passed a measure to create a government-run health care system in California. The bill has no chance of becoming law this year but the measure’s author, Sen. Mark Leno, and Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg said they hoped it would spur serious debate. Photo by Kelly B. Huston.