The bill is co-sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and the California School Employees Association. It is opposed by a handful of health insurers and business groups, including the California Medical Association, California Chamber of Commerce, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation.
The California Taxpayers Association, in its opposition, said higher payroll taxes that would be needed to fund a single payer health care system would hinder economic growth and discourage business investment in the Golden State.
The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), too, urged lawmakers to reject the bill, arguing that eliminating the state’s health-insurance market would be a mistake. "Competitive forces in the private marketplace are vital in health care and must be preserved," CAHP Director of Legislative Affairs Nick Louizos wrote in a Jan. 20 opposition letter to senators. "California’s premiums are still competitive and in some cases lower than other large markets," he said. "Competition has been demonstrated, many times over, to achieve a better result than a centrally planned monopoly." SB810 is nearly identical to a proposal Leno introduced in 2010. The measure failed in the Assembly.
In 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) vetoed SB840, a universal health care bill, the California Health Insurance Reliability Act (CHIRA), amid cost concerns.