Last week on this podcast, we dove into the huge fight over a California bill to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare system in that state. California Democrats twice in the past passed single-payer legislation and this year they passed a single-payer bill through the state senate. However, the latest bill was blocked by Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. On this episode, I talk do David Dayen, who recently wrote an article for The Intercept asserting that the legislative fight is misleading. He argues that even if the bill moves forward, there remain huge state constitutional hurdles and other obstacles to actually creating a single-payer system in California. Proponents of the bill have pushed back, saying Dayen and others who are making process arguments against the bill are actually making it harder to pass critical legislation.


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