I hail and welcome California’s attempting to institute a single-payer health care insurance system in the Golden State. US News reports:
This week the Trump administration encouraged governors to use the framework of President Barack Obama’s health care law to craft plans that meet their residents’ unique needs, stressing that the federal government is set to usher in a new era of flexibility in health care.
In California, lawmakers are going to see how far they can push these calls to action: They plan to put forth a health care bill that would offer a single-payer system to guarantee coverage for all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.
The proposal is still being fleshed out, but it likely would require significant funding from the Golden State, and previous efforts to implement a single-payer measure have failed there and in other states. The move comes at a time when fierce opposition to the Trump administration has escalated following the president’s executive actions on illegal immigration and a battle on Capitol Hill to overhaul the health care system.
Canada’s health care system was not imposed by its federal government; it rose from the provinces and continues to be administered by the provinces. Could it be that state-based health care reform has more potential than a federal program?
Success in California could also lead to other states adopting their own reform plans. It will be an interesting experiment.