By Doug Cunningham
California is making progress toward passing a Medicare for all law. The California Senate voted to approve the bill and send it to the California Assembly. California Nurses Association.National Nurses United is a big backer of the single payer Medicare style system that would cover all Californians. To become law SB 562 must pass the Assembly, get reconciled between the two houses of the California legislature and get Governor Jerry Brown's signature. At least eight members of the Assembly are co-sponsoring the bill. RoseAnn Demoro, Executive Director of the California Nurses Association/NNU says passage in the Senate was a banner day for California and a moral model for the nation on universal single payer healthcare.
A team of economists at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studied the economic impact of this Medicare for all bill and found it would cut the out of pocket healthcare costs of middle-income California families by as much as 9 percent.
Business would also benefit from cuts in payroll costs under the bill.