SB 562 Update

6 Sep

The Sacramento Bee reported in late August that California Assembly Speaker Anthony said it was time to have a serious discussion on how to create a universal health care system for all in California and that he appointed a select committee, in which Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, and Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, would lead.

In the same story, Rendon was quoted of having said, ‘For me, this is an attempt to have an honest discussion.’

The Los Angeles Chapter of Health Care for All, in a Sept. 4 email, said Rendon indicated the committee will hold statewide hearings of residents for feedback after Sept. 15.

The same email also announced the California Democratic Party Executive Board unanimously decided to endorse SB 562, also known as the Healthy California Act.  In the email, HCA-LA characterized its mission as “to educate, activate and encourage people to participate in advocating for (a) just equitable, accessible, comprehensive, affordable, and quality healthcare in a publicly financed universal single-payer system.”

In late June, a statement was issued on the Assembly Speaker’s website, which said when the bill was sent to the Assembly it was “woefully incomplete” and that he was putting the bill on hold in the Assembly Rules Committee.

State Senators Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced the bill in February.

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