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Questions about single-payer health care still need answers, says Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By Jeff Horseman

Months after he shelved a plan to deliver single-payer health care in California, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said Wednesday that questions persist about how such a system would work in the state.

“I definitely see a path forward toward universal health care,” Rendon, D-Lakewood, said in an interview at the Riverside Convention Center, where he gave remarks at the annual economic forecast delivered by the UC Riverside business school’s Center for Economic Forecasting & Development.

“In terms of specifics to single-payer, the questions that were looming in early summer are the same questions that the authors haven’t addressed,” Rendon said. “The funding mechanism has not been addressed. How to get a federal waiver hasn’t been addressed. The service delivery mechanism hasn’t been addressed.”

Rendon drew the wrath of the California Nurses Association and liberal activists in June when he delayed an Assembly vote on a single-payer bill that passed the Senate. At the time, Rendon said the bill lacked critical details.

The bill’s supporters say California needs to expand and improve health coverage for all state residents, especially with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rendon later announced that an Assembly select committee will look at how to achieve universal health coverage. “(Single-payer) is a proposal that needs serious discourse and I think our subcommittee is engaging in serious discourse and I think that’s the important thing,” he said.

The speaker also addressed the recent focus on sexual harassment in Sacramento that emerged after The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

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