Death of Single Payer Health Plan Inspires Change of Thought

Death of Single Payer Health Plan Inspires Change of Thought

Photo illustrated by H. Michael Karshis

A guest post by Eric Nelson, who serves as the legislative advocate for Christian Science in Northern California. Nelson’s article was first published on HealthyCal.org.

California’s so-called “Medicare for all” bill has died. Originally introduced by Senator Sheila Kuehl as SB 840 in 2005, vetoed twice by Governor Schwarzeneggar in 2006 and 2008, and twice resurrected by Senator Mark Leno as SB 810 in 2009 and 2011, the fight for a homegrown single payer health care system appears to be over.

This is devastating news for those who have fought so long and so hard for something they feel certain could improve the lives of millions. However, despite this outcome, the goal of providing health care that is not only affordable but also effective and readily accessible remains a priority. Whether this goal is achieved through legislation or by some other means remains to be seen.Continue Reading