Brown Signs California Health Care Package, ‘Public Option’ Still In The Cards
Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills this weekend that seek to make health care more accessible to low and middle income Californians.
The package came from lawmakers and advocates who want to see all Californians insured. Their single-payer efforts were shelved last year, and the governor recently turned down their budget proposal to expand Medi-Cal to undocumented adults and further subsidize Covered California.
Advocates such as Anthony Wright with consumer group Health Access said these laws mark a milestone in the push to insure all Californians. He said the movement must continue even as President Donald Trump creates barriers to care, such as a recently proposed Department of Homeland Security rule penalizing immigrant families who benefit from Medicaid and Medicare.
"Governor Brown was right to sign these bills to shield consumers from the impacts of the federal government's administrative attacks on our health system,” Wright said in a statement.
But there has been opposition to the concept of insuring all Californians, also known as universal health care, and concerns about whether the state can sustain the cost. About 7.2 percent of Californians are uninsured, compared to 17 percent in 2013.
Here's a closer look at the five health care bills Gov. Brown signed this weekend.
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