After a debate that we have mostly seen before in the state Legislature, SB840(Kuehl) to create a universal single-payer system, got a 44-31 vote in the Assembly today. It was a party line debate and vote, with Republicans voting against, and most Democrats voting for it, except for Parra and Galgiani–who voted No–and Nunez not voting. (Soto was an excused absence.) It now goes to the Senate for concurrence.
The insurers’ top legislative priority to kill was actually SB1522(Steinberg), to provide consumer information and protections and set standards in the individual insurance market. It started and ended the day in the Assembly, and got 36 votes, short of the 41 votes needed for passage. That was also a mostly party-line vote, with Democrats generally in support.
Republicans voted with Blue Cross and some other insurers and against the bill, joined by Democratic Assemblymembers Fuentes, Parra, Solorio, and Torrico, all voting No. Not voting was Assemblymembers Calderon, De Leon, Galgiani, Furutani, Mendoza, Nunez, and Portantino. (Soto is an excused absence.) The bill is up for reconsideration.
More commentary about the debate upcoming…