A woman has her blood drawn at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on April 27, 2016, where the Pathway to Health clinic opened their mobile health clinic. The 3-day free clinic brings together some 2,500 medical, dental and psychological professionals volunteer their time and are prepared to handle up to 10,000 patients. / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Legislation introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ? a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past.
The bill, which is a preliminary step, says that it is the “intent of the Legislature” to enact a law that would establish a comprehensive, single-payer health care program for the benefit of everyone in the state. The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), does not offer specifics of what the plan would look like, nor does it mention a timetable.
A single-payer system would replace private insurance with a government plan that pays for coverage for everyone. Proponents argue that single-payer systems make health care more affordable and efficient, but opponents say they raise taxpayer costs and give government too much power.
Medicare, the federally-funded health coverage for the elderly, is often held up …
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