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This evening, Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement on the passage of SB 562 in the Senate:

“Once again, California Democrats are leading where it matters most — the health of our people. Today we’ve taken a historic first step to put universal healthcare within reach of every Californian.

“California Democrats, I thank each and every one of you who made today’s Senate victory on SB 562 possible. You led our Party to declare, loudly and proudly, that ‘California Democrats believe that healthcare is a human right not a privilege‘ as we adopted a resolution re-affirming our commitment to single-payer healthcare. You dug deep into your hearts to share your stories of the pain, loss, and bankruptcy imposed on families by a healthcare system that puts profits ahead of patients. You were relentless in pressing for votes on the phones, online, and in the halls of the Capitol. Today’s victory belongs to you.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senators Lara and Atkins who are tireless in their pursuit of healthcare for all.

“I am proud to stand with patients, healthcare workers, and grassroots Democrats from across California as we take this fight to the State Assembly and beyond. With Donald Trump taking a wrecking ball to healthcare at the federal level, Californians have never counted on us more to create a comprehensive, secure, healthcare system that excludes no Californian.”