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Single-Payer Bill Fails In State Senate

The State Senate has rejected the latest effort to create a single-payer health care system in California.

The measure failed 19-to-14 - two votes shy of the 21 needed for passage. Several moderate Democrats either abstained or voted no. Of the Democrats who voted yes, many expressed concerns over the bill's cost. But Senator Joe Simitian said he based his vote on a more basic question.

"Does every Californian have the right to access quality, affordable health care? Yea or nay? On that question, I am a yea," Simitian stated.

Republicans like Senator Ted Gaines were united in opposition.

"We simply don't need to go down a path of rationing our health care in California," said Gaines. "It hasn't worked in other places around the world. I don't think we want to follow the model of Europe."

The bill could be voted on again, but it faces a Tuesday deadline to pass the Senate.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | January 26, 2012 at 5:56 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm going to be looking up the Democrats who voted no, and, if in my district I won't support them again.

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Avatar for user 'Roberto Rolando Salinas'

Roberto Rolando Salinas | January 31, 2012 at 3:46 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Juan Vargas, abstained, along with three other democratic senators. This is the same recently elected State Senator, who wouldn't allow a vote on a bill that would allow homeowners being foreclosed against, to demand of the banks proof, that they owned the note. This is the same anti-consumer politician, who previously ran for office, swearing that he would not work for the insurance industry if he was defeated, he lost and he went to work for the insurance industry who backed him Now he says he is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Bob Filner. Juan Vargas has a anti-consumer voting record and is squarely allied with corporate entities wanting to defeat consumer legislation. I will vote against Vargas and hope that his kind of political trickery will end his career as a politician. Then he will be free to continue his true career path, that of a lobbyist for the insurance and banking Industries. This is what is wrong with our political system, too many just like Juan Vargas.

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