A group of about five hundred people from around California came to Sacramento in support of Single Payer health insurance on Monday. The California legislature has twice passed Single Payer bills, which would create one government run health insurance system that covers all Californians.
Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed both of those bills. But Governor Jerry Brown campaigned on the issue as a Presidential candidate in 1992---and that has Single Payer supporters, like Susan Bradley of Laytonville, hopeful.
"I believe Jerry Brown is a step in the right direction, and that Single Payer health care will save money," said Bradley. "If those numbers are clear to everyone, then this will be a good time."
While campaigning for Governor, Brown did not say whether he would sign a Single Payer bill.
Single Payer is opposed by a variety of interests, including insurance companies, which say it would greatly inflate the price of health care.