In another inspiring day at the Capitol, hundreds of supporters packed hallways and overflowed hearing rooms — for the second time this year — in support of Sen. Sheila Kuehl’s SB840, which would create a single-payer health system in California.
This is the fifth year that Kuehl has introduced the measure and support has snowballed.
In addition to the standing-room only crowd, who needed to be told not to cheer in the hearing room, more than four dozen supporters lined up to annouce their support for the bill to lawmakers. This strong showing nearly drowned out the seven sheepish opposing voices coming from business, health insurers and medical providers.
Last year, for the first time, Kuehl’s SB840 passed both houses of the Legislature and landed on the governor’s desk. It was the first time a single-payer measure has ever made it that far in California. Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.
Asked whether she believed the governor would “realistically” sign the bill this year in light of last year’s veto.
“I’m not sure I do expect a different result this year. But I do expect a
different result eventually,” Kuehl said.
Eventually is too long for some Californians to wait. Urge your lawmakers to support health reform now!