Today SB 810, “Medicare for All” single payer legislation, was killed on the California Senate Floor.
The vote was: 19 YES, 15 NO (including Dem. Calderon and Dem. Correa) and 6 ABSTAIN (which is actually a NO vote and included Dems. Padilla, Vargas, Wright and Rubio).
We have two immediate tasks: first, thank our author of SB 810, Sen. Leno, for his efforts (the legislation was not supposed to pass the Appropriations Committee!) and thank Sen. Steinberg for his assistance in getting the bill to the Senate Floor; and, second, call the 6 Senators who voted against SB 810 and give them a piece of your mind.
Lastly, California OneCare will be recommending “next steps” for the campaign in the very near future. We are meeting with our coalition partners on Friday and will communicate to you a united strategy in the following days.
Thank you for all your help. Without your help, the legislation would have never gone as far as the Senate Floor. Again, wait for our suggestions for future advocacy plans. I think you’ll be surprised because we are getting real tired of the Democrats In Name Only stopping life saving legislation: it’s now time to take it to a new level. Stay tuned!