“If we can show that single-payer is possible in our nation’s most populous, most racially and economically diverse state, we can prove that Medicare for All can be reality nationwide,” Barkan said.
Barkan’s first conversation, with Assemblymember Kalra, will be released Thursday. He also plans to speak with federal lawmakers Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and activists including Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and actress Rosario Dawson.
“This year California has the chance to pass a bill that shows that single-payer healthcare works in America,” said Barkan. “The question I have for politicians and celebrities across the state is, how can we make it happen?”
Under AB 1400, the state would adopt a new healthcare system known as CalCare, which would expand health coverage to nearly three million uninsured Calfornians and provide them with dental care, prescription drug coverage, long-term care, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
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