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Is Gavin Newsom's universal health care pitch realistic?

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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2015 file photo, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom listens during a California State University trustees meeting in Long Beach, Calif. The University of California’s governing board is considering a policy that would nearly triple the number of student-athletes who would be guaranteed financial aid to continue their studies in the event of a career-ending sports injury. The proposal scheduled to be voted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, came from a working group of UC athletic directors tasked with making recommendations for improving the well-being of students who participate in intercollegiate sports. Newsom’s office participated in the discussions. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) Nick Ut/AP

Democrats in California have been speaking out against the Trump administration on a variety of fronts, from immigration to the environment.

And then there's health care.

Faced with Republican efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he's got a solution.

Newsom, a Democrat, is among a number of potential candidates expected to run for governor next year. He's proposing a universal health plan for all Californians. It's based on the Healthy San Francisco plan that Newsom rolled out 10 years ago when he was that city's mayor.

Newsom says expanding that program statewide would protect the millions of Californians who could lose coverage if the ACA goes away. But scaling up a local health care program to cover the almost 40 million people in the state? That could be a challenge.

Was the Healthy San Francisco rollout successful? Is Newsom's proposal realistic?

Take Two put those questions to Chad Terhune, senior correspondent for California Healthline and Kaiser Health News.

Click on the blue bar above to listen to the entire interview.
 

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