California Senate Rejects Single-Payer Bill

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 26 (LID)— A controversial proposal that would pave the way for universal health care coverage in California stalled Thursday in the state Senate, amid staunch opposition from business groups.

Senate Bill 810 seeks to establish a single-payer health care system to be administered by a new state department, the California Healthcare Agency, which would pool premiums and negotiate pay rates with hospitals and providers.

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