Senator Atkins Issues Statement on Senate Passage of SB 562 – the Healthy California Act

June 1, 2017

Today, the California Senate passed SB 562 – the Healthy California Act, legislation by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Sen. Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) that would create a universal, single-payer healthcare system in California. Atkins reacted with the following statement:

“More and more, Californians believe healthcare is a basic human right. The momentum to provide universal care is building, and the moment is right to create a single-payer plan. I thank my Senate colleagues who voted to give SB 562 a chance to succeed. Let’s be clear – there is a lot of hard work to be done on this bill. There will be numerous hearings, plenty of input from interested parties and lots of time for the public to weigh in. I believe we can create a sound proposal for a healthcare system that costs less money and covers all Californians.”

SB 562 now moves on to the Assembly for additional work and consideration.