Members of the state’s legislature are concerned that unless provisions of the four separate bills are unified, fracturing among the voting delegates will result in no health-care bill going through for the legislature’s approval by the time it adjourns in September, according to a Sacramento Biz Journal report.
However, the committee is not working from scratch. Among the four bills that will be used as a basis for the compromise legislation:
- SB 2 – would require employers to provide health benefits to workers and their dependents or pay into a state fund as part of a public-private financing system for expanded health care coverage (See CA State Senator Wants Workers To Have Insurance ).
- AB 1527 – similar to SB 2, but initially exempts small employers.
- AB 1528 – uses the same approach as SB 2, but would require individuals without insurance to buy it. In addition, it establishes a government subsidy program for individuals and small employers who cannot afford it (See Universal Healthcare in California Proposed ).
- SB 921 – establishes a “single payer” state-run insurance program to replace existing coverage.