Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s faced criticism in the California governor’s race over his stance on single-payer health care, says he backs the bill that stalled in the state Legislature last year — but not in its current form.
“I would not accept as-is 562,” Newsom said of Senate Bill 562 in a recent interview with Capital Public Radio. “But I accept its principles of moving in a completely new direction as it relates to addressing the crisis that is health care.”
This is just a bunch of political double-talk. It’s pretty clear he opposes single-payer healthcare.
The measure passed the California Senate last year but was held in the Assembly, where Speaker Anthony Rendon called it “woefully incomplete” because it did not lay out a funding source for its estimated $400 billion cost.
Newsom is being squishy because the bill is controversial. Many of his well-heeled supporters don’t like single-payer.
Capital Public Radio points out that as mayor, Newsom signed an ordinance creating Healthy San Francisco, a program that provided universal health care access to city residents. It made San Francisco the only city in the nation to offer such a program, although it’s not single-payer, and as PolitiFact California had to make clear.
When it comes to single-payer, Gavin Newsom has no trouble talking the talk, but he’s way short on walking the walk.