A groundbreaking program San Francisco created a decade ago guarantees health coverage to every one of its 864,000 residents.
It’s made San Francisco the only place in the country where truly universal health coverage exists, similar to what’s available in every other developed nation.
Called Healthy San Francisco, it offers health care to those who can’t afford private insurance and are ineligible for other government health programs.
Now, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who helped implement the plan when he was San Francisco’s mayor is wondering: Would such a program work in every county in the Golden State?
His suggestion comes at a time when proposals for universal health care are receiving a surprising amount of attention.
Last week, Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, unveiled details of their bill to create a single-payer system that would cover all California residents – just a few days after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed to introduce a bill to launch a similar system nationwide.
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