California Democratic Speaker killed his own party’s plan for single-payer healthcare
California Speaker Anthony Rendon, photo courtesy of California State Assembly.

Hopes of single payer supporters across the country were dashed Friday night when the Democratic Speaker of the California legislature killed a single payer health insurance reform bill by written by California Democrats.


California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Friday afternoon that he was "hold" on the bill to bring universal, single-payer health care to the most populous state, effectively killing the bill for at least the rest of 2017.

“I have decided SB 562 will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice,” Rendon said in a statement.

The Healthy California Act (SB 562) by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, passed the California State Senate 23-14 last month, but will now be denied a similar floor vote by the State Assembly.

Despite his actions, Speaker Rendon claims to be a personal supporter of single-payer.