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California faces a doctor shortage. But doctors just derailed a plan to fix it
Los Angeles Times

State lawmakers had a chance Thursday to vote on ensuring that all Californians get the healthcare they need. Instead of rising to the occasion, they punted.

No, the matter at hand wasn’t a single-payer bill to provide universal coverage, although that would be a good thing too.

Rather, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee decided to put off a vote until next year on a bill that would expand the ability of nurse practitioners to treat patients.

Such a move would go a long way toward addressing a severe shortage of primary-care doctors and would align us with other states that have adopted similar measures.