California single-payer bill to get full Senate vote
Legislation to create a "single-payer" health care system in California won approval in a key committee today, getting the OK for a vote of the full Senate.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 810, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno's universal health care measure, by a vote of 6-2.
The vote came as the committee met to consider bills introduced in 2011 that are projected to cost the state at least $50,000. A fiscal analysis of SB 810 estimated that running a health care system that would be open to all 37 million Californians could cost up to $250 billion a year.
That vote was party-line, by the way, an indication of just how massive an advantage the Democrats hold in the legislature.
The question is: what happens if Jerry Brown, who hasn't been a very good leftist in his third term, sees this on his desk?