The California Senate will hold a hearing today on a bill that would lay the groundwork for a government takeover of the state’s health care system.
Legislators have been trying to install single-payer health care for years. But this new effort has a better chance of advancing than its legislative forebears. That should concern Californians, who would face long waits for subpar care under a system of state-run health insurance.
Sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, Senate Bill 770 would require the Newsom administration to pursue a federal waiver that would free up Medicare and Medicaid dollars for the state to establish a “unified financing” system for health care.