BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Saturday after the leader of the California Assembly announced he doesn’t plan to take up the Senate-passed, single-payer bill this year:
“I am extremely disappointed that the speaker of the California Assembly is refusing to allow S.B 562, the single-payer health care bill passed by the state Senate, to come to the Assembly floor for a vote. Call on Democratic Speaker Rendon to reverse his decision to shelve the bill. Allow the Assembly to vote.
“At a time when the United States is the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care for all, and when tens of millions of Americans are uninsured or underinsured because of outrageously high costs, California has the opportunity to lead this nation in a very different health care direction. If the great state of California has the courage to take on the greed of the insurance companies and the drug companies, the rest of the country will follow. The eyes of the country are on California today. Let’s go forward.”