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11 aspire to a powerless political office

Decades ago, a clever person – precisely who is somewhat obscure – quipped that the California lieutenant governor’s job is to wake up in the morning, check the newspapers to be sure the governor is...

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Labor’s newest big fight with business

Good morning, California. Gov. Jerry Brown  announced he’s sending National Guard troops to the border, to fight crime. That’s Brown’s use of jiu jitsu to end a fight with President...

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Single-payer health care: what Californians need to know

California’s Democratic lawmakers are pondering ways to lay the groundwork for a single-payer health care system in the state. Supporters say such a system would cover everyone, streamline an unwieldy bureaucracy and bring down costs. Opponents say it could lead to unacceptably high taxes, a flight of doctors to other states and a rationing of care as patients’ needs overwhelm providers. We explain.
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Advocates offer new remedy for health care woes as a bridge to single payer

Organized labor, consumer advocates and several Democratic lawmakers offered a new prescription for California’s ailing health care system in the form a package of bills intended to rein in health care costs, fend off Trump administration efforts to undermine Obamacare, and provide lower-income Californians with greater access to care.
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