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Single-Payer Healthcare Bill Dies in California Assembly Despite Democratic Supermajority

HeadlineFeb 01, 2022

In California, a Democratic lawmaker called off a vote Monday on whether to establish a single-payer universal healthcare system, moments before the California State Assembly was scheduled to take up the bill. A.B. 1400 — also known as the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act — had failed to garner the support of enough Democrats, even though the party has a veto-proof majority in the state Legislature.

Progressives have vowed to fight to bring the bill to a vote in the next legislative session. The California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus responded, “Healthcare is a human right, and in the midst of a global pandemic, our Democratic supermajority showed its true colors and its loyalty to the profits of the healthcare industry over the needs of their constituents.”

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