While we await National health care reform out of Washington, in California, Senate Bill 810, the California Universal Health Care Act, passed in the State today today on pretty much straight party line vote, with one notable exception. SB810 is landmark legislation that seeks to establishe a modern universal health care system that will cover every California resident with comprehensive benefits using a single payer system. It builds on the foundation of Medicare, which senior citizens have used for years. A key component to SB 810 is that it provides universal care without increasing overall health care spending in California by leveraging the economic efficiencies of a single payer system.
The vote on SB 810 on a vote of 22 to 14, which all Democrats voted in favor. Senator Alquist was absent and didn’t vote and Senator Wright abstained. Senator LouÂ Correa opposed the legislation and joined all the Republican members of the State Senate and voted no. The bill moves on to the Assembly.
Why Senator Correa opposed this bill, which stands to benefit so many families in his district without increasing state healthcare spending, just seems to be a mystery. This blog loves you Senator but this vote is wrong and a disservice to those you represent.