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Rendon Sets Assembly Hearings On Universal Health Care

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Supporters of creating a single-payer health care system lined up to speak at the California Senate Health Committee hearing on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has laid out a path forward for universal health care legislation – but not the single-payer bill he sidelined earlier this year.

On Thursday, Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced a special committee would hold hearings this fall to develop legislation.

“For me, this is an attempt to have an honest discussion,“ Rendon told reporters after making the announcement.

“I don’t think we’ve – at all – had anything approaching an honest discussion about single-payer, however we define that,“ he added. “This is an attempt to not only define our variables but to find a path forward on universal coverage.”

By using the words “universal coverage,” the speaker is signaling that he believes filling in the gaps between existing public and private programs is more feasible than creating a state-funded single-payer system.

Rendon infuriated liberal activists when he shelved a single-payer bill for the year after the Senate approved the measure in June. He’s since faced death threats, and a recall effort is under way in his district.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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