Universal healthcare bill fails to pass in California

Sacramento, Calif.: A bill that would have created the US’s first government-funded universal health care system died in the California Assembly on Monday as Democrats could not gather enough support to bring it for a vote ahead of a legislative deadline.

The democrats needed 41 votes, a threshold that did not seem impossible given that they control 56 of the 80 seats in the state Assembly and universal health care has long been a priority for the party.

“With four democratic vacancies in the Assembly, the votes were not there today, but we will not give up,” Assemblymember Ash Kalra, a Democrat from San Jose and the bill’s author, said in a news release.

The California Nurses Association said in a statement they were “outraged that Kalra chose to just give up on patients across the state.”

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