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Political Notes: Campos, Haney spar over universal health care

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With California lawmakers advancing a bill to create a universal health care system in the state, the issue has the two leading candidates in the special election for a San Francisco state Assembly seat sparring over who would be a stronger advocate for the legislation in Sacramento.

The Assembly Health Committee January 11 passed Assembly Bill 1400, co-authored by bisexual Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose), to create a single-payer health care system known as CalCare.

Lead author Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) worked with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) on setting up a separate funding mechanism also being reviewed by lawmakers — ACA 11 — to pay for AB 1400 via a tax on large businesses and people earning incomes of over $150,000.

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