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Single payer plan advances in Assembly

June 30, 2010
The California Legislature is moving on two fronts when it comes to health care reform. On a bipartisan basis, lawmakers have passed a bill to create a high-risk pool to expand access to health insurance for people who have been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. At the same time, though, the Democrats who control the Legislature are pushing forward with doomed legislation that would create a Canadian-style single payer health plan.

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Oh, Canada. Are they beating us on health care too?

February 28, 2010
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.

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A pre-emptive strike against state health reform

February 25, 2010
While Democrats in California and across the country may be fretting about the lack of movement toward health reform in Washington (or Sacramento), at least one Republican seems to think that big changes are coming. State Sen. Tony Strickland of Thousand Oaks has introduced a constitutional amendment that he says would block any attempt to implement "socialized medicine" in California.

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Senate passes single-payer bill

January 28, 2010
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.

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