ANAHEIM, Calif.—After California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom advocated a single-payer health-care system, the National

Gavin Newsom.

Union of Healthcare Workers on Oct. 22 endorsed him for governor in the 2018 election. Newsom edged former state school superintendent Delaine Eastin on the second ballot after the four leading Democratic contenders debated at a forum before about 350 NUHW stewards and local leaders. “A single-payer system drives down the cost of health care,” Newsom told the forum, adding that the money to pay for covering everyone already “exists in the system” and “a single-payer system provides the ability to provide more efficiencies and cost controls.” NUHW President Sal Rosselli praised the four—Newsom, Eastin, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and state Treasurer John Chiang—for “a great debate that focused on key issues and was devoid of personal attacks.” The leading Republican candidates did not respond to questionnaires from the union, which represents about 14,000 California health-care workers.

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