After Cruel Trumpcare Vote, Sanders Calls on California to Lead Nation on Single Payer
Days after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the “atrocious” American Healthcare Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on the state of California to “send a message” to the nation and pass a proposed single-payer healthcare bill.
Sanders, who is expected to introduce a Medicare-for-all bill in the Senate this month, made the call at events this past weekend in Beverly Hills.
Speaking at an event Saturday where the senator and his wife, Jane Sanders, were honored as “Public Servants of The Year” by the California-based advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog, he said it would “make my life easier” if legislators in the Golden State passed the Healthy California Act (SB562), which would create a universal healthcare system. That proposal passed its first legislative hurdle last month when the state’s Senate Health Committee advanced it, and it moves on to face the Senate Appropriations Committee May 26.
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“The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country and all over the world if you pass single payer here,” the Sacramento Bee reports him as saying.
At a Sunday event organized by Death Penalty Focus, where he was honored for being “the first presidential candidate in nearly 30 years to forcefully declare his opposition to the death penalty,” he again called on California to set an example for the nation by passing SB562.
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