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California’s ‘Medicare for All’ Hinges on Unconvinced Democrats

Jan. 25, 2022, 5:30 PM

Democrats in California’s state legislature want to enact a “Medicare for All"-style health-care system, but face resistance from within their own party as the measure comes up for a key vote in the coming week.

Lawmakers soon will vote on a bill (A.B. 1400) to create a “CalCare” state-run health program that backers say would make traditional employer-provided health plans obsolete.

Business groups and legislative Republicans oppose the proposal. But the biggest hurdle for proponents may be their fellow Democrats.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and some moderate Democrats in the Assembly aren’t on board.

“It’s like saying: I’ve ...

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