California may be the next state to offer health care to all of its residents. Their state assembly recently passed SB 840, a bill that will offer Californians health care through a single-payer system. SB 840 still needs to go for a final vote on the state assembly floor and needs to withstand a likely veto from the governor.
If passed, all residents of California will have access to the health care they need: prevention, dental, diagnostics, prescriptions, vision/hearing aids, mental health, etc. What’s more is residents will have their choice of providers. Primary care doctors will refer patients to specialists as needed.
So how are they paying for it? California residents will pay a yearly health care premium on their state income taxes; California businesses will pay a premium proportional to their employees’ wages. Money California already gets from the federal government for health care will go into the system. It’s actually believed that LESS money will be spent in the proposed plan than their current system.