Joint Assembly Co-Author Statement On SB 562 By Assemblymembers Bonta, Chiu, Friedman, Kalra, McCarty, Nazarian, Stone And Thurmond
"As co-authors of SB 562, we strongly support the vision of a single-payer healthcare system. While we were disappointed that SB 562 as passed by the Senate lacked critical details, we were ready to carry on the work necessary for responsible policymaking.
"Given the news that the bill will not proceed in the Assembly this year, we are committed to continuing the work necessary to advance single payer. With the very real likelihood that the Republican Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act, we have no time to waste, and plan to pursue the best avenues for securing single-payer healthcare as soon as possible. This includes potentially working through the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage or other legislative avenues to continue the difficult discussions required to advance this goal. We stand ready to engage all stakeholders to advance universal access to high-quality health care for Californians."