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These legal hurdles could trip up universal health care in California

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On Wednesday, the State Assembly's Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage wraps up hearings assessing possible paths the state could follow to get to universal care for all Californians. On Monday, the panel considered some of the federal and state legal hurdles California lawmakers could face if they pursue a radical revamp of the health care system.

Here are the main obstacles:

Federal Laws

Federal legal hurdles aren’t necessarily insurmountable, but they would require cooperation from Congress and the Trump administration.

State Laws

The state would most likely need to significantly raise taxes to fund a single-payer system or some other approach to universal health coverage. That means state laws that govern taxes would probably come into play.