As the Democratic presidential candidates make the case for Medicare for All without scaring away voters wary of “socialism,” they might look to California for guidance.

Democrats here have created a road map for how to not just talk about health care coverage, but to provide it — all while not abandoning a long-term goal of universal, single-payer coverage.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is about to sign a budget that will make health insurance accessible to an estimated 377,000 lower-income people who don’t have it now. It will also provide help with punishing premium costs to an additional 660,000 middle-income people, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Health Access California. Couples making north of $65,000 a year could get up to $100 a month to help them pay for insurance.

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