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Universal health care bill advances in California Assembly

California Universal Health Care
Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 12, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats have taken their first step toward creating a universal health care system.

A legislative committee in the state Assembly advanced a bill on Tuesday that would replace California's private insurance market with a plan paid for by the government. But the proposal is still a long way from becoming law.

It faces strong opposition from the state's powerful business interests. And even if it becomes law, voters will have to approve a massive income tax increase to pay for it.

Still, Democrats hailed the vote for jumpstarting one of their long-stalled policy goals.