California's Single Payer Health Care Bill

On April 26, Senate Bill 562, aka the Single Payer Health Care bill, was heard before the Senate Health Committee and passed on a 5-2 party-line vote. Next, the bill will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is led by one of the bill’s authors, State Senator Ricardo Lara.


If passed, the Single Payer Health Care bill will:


-Mandate a government-run monopoly on health care services

-Eliminate private health insurance in California

-Eliminate employer-paid health coverage, shifting the costs onto employees

-Offer all California citizens health care coverage without guaranteeing access to medical care

-Raise taxes by $179 billion (double the current state budget)

-Discourage top health care providers and doctors from operating in California


The California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) describes the bill as a “threat to our industry and our entire state.” Their aim is to work with legislators to prevent this bill from passing, and to also lower the cost of providing health care and insurance in California.


To learn more about the future of this proposed bill, click here. To join CAHU in their fight against SB562, click here.