What’s Jerry Brown’s Position on SB 810?

October 11th, 2010 by Andrew McGuire Leave a reply »

Billy Boyd asks California OneCare:

What’s Jerry Brown’s position on SB 810? I can’t squeeze an answer out of his campaign headquarters. His television ads position him as wanting no new taxes without voter approval, which strongly implies no universal health care for California.


Dear Billy –

Jerry Brown and his campaign have been purposely noncommittal about his support for single payer health care. It was part of his campaign platform when he ran for president some years ago, so he is familiar with its basic principles. When he has been asked about his support for it during his campaign for governor, his response has been that he wants to see how it would be paid for.

As SB 810 and the subsequent iteration of the bill that will be introduced next year are self-financing, that should not be an obstacle to his support for the bill in the legislature, nor for his signature on it when it passes late next summer. Nevertheless, nothing is guaranteed, of course, so we must continue to bring political pressure to bear on all fronts in Sacramento to be sure that single payer becomes a reality in California.

Don Schroeder, Co-Chair
California OneCare Campaign


  1. Laura Wells of the Green Party supports SB 810, and she’s on the ballot.

  2. Gryphgriff says:

    The Peace and Freedom Party also fully supports single payer universal health care. We don’t have to sit around “Waiting for Godot’ and constantly worrying about what the Dempublicans — oops, I mean the Democrats — are going to do or not do about this, or any other, issue.

    Jim Griffin

  3. ColineGeorge says:

    I would like to believe Jerry Brown will support SB 810. That is why I have put so much effort in working for his election.

  4. Dan Edmunds says:

    Which party controls Congress? that the White House? The answer reveals your “balance of power” between the 2 main branches of government that are fitted with elected officials. Contrary to be able to popular belief, most of the time in modern political history Congress and the President have been on odds; that is, the identical political party has definitely not typically controlled the whitened House, the Senate, as well as the House of Representatives. Only 10 times considering 1945 have both branches of Congress as well as Presidency been controlled from the same party.

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