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[Viewpoint] California Universal Health Care Bill: an economic stimulus and life-saving proposal

21:06 EDT 15 Sep 2017 | The Lancet

On June 1, 2017, the California Senate approved a bill (Senate Bill 562) to establish universal single-payer health care for all residents. This state legislation comes in the midst of federal proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which are anticipated to almost double the number of uninsured Americans to 51 million in a decade.1 Uninsured individuals have a 40% increased risk of mortality compared with insured individuals,2 such that this loss of coverage would be responsible for an estimated 27 000–95 000 deaths through 2025.

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