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Single-payer legislation intended to keep debate alive
Contra Costa Times - Steven Harmon

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will likely veto it — if it even reaches his desk. Republicans think it’s a great political cudgel for them to attack Democrats with in the wake of congressional health care reform setbacks. So, why are legislative Democrats pushing forward with single-payer health care legislation? It’s to lay the foundation for what could be an epic ballot battle two or four years from now, said Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the author of Senate Bill 810, which was approved this week by the Senate.