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California shows 2020 Democrats how to get to Medicare for All
San Francisco Chronicle

As the Democratic presidential candidates make the case for Medicare for All without scaring away voters wary of “socialism,” they might look to California for guidance.

Democrats here have created a road map for how to not just talk about health care coverage, but to provide it — all while not abandoning a long-term goal of universal, single-payer coverage.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is about to sign a budget that will make health insurance accessible to an estimated 377,000 lower-income people who don’t have it now. It will also provide help with punishing premium costs to an additional 660,000 middle-income people, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Health Access California. Couples making north of $65,000 a year could get up to $100 a month to help them pay for insurance.