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Hey, California, Ready To Spend $400 Billion For Your Single-Payer Disaster?
CaliCare: California's so-called progressive Democrats, fresh off their classy "flipping off" of Donald Trump at their state convention, now want to flip off the entire state by imposing a reckless, economy-destroying single-payer health care system on the state's citizens. If voters don't stop this madness they'll get what they deserve.
A study by the Senate Appropriations Committee of the state legislature found that a proposed single-payer system would cost $400 billion a year — more than twice the state's current bloated budget of $182 billion. To say that it would be the fiscal and economic ruin of California is an understatement.
As the Sacramento Bee notes, half the tab would come in the form of a new tax of about 15% on all earned income. That's in addition to the 13%-plus state income tax already levied on Californians. That would still leave as much as $100 billion in new spending that would have to be paid for somehow. No doubt, they'll go after businesses for that.
The state has already lost millions of residents and thousands of businesses because of its excessive taxation and onerous regulations. The ruinous taxation from single-payer health care would lead to a mass exodus of companies and what remains of the once-thriving middle class. Californians need to wake up to the fact that they've put the most far-left state government in American history into power, and will soon pay dearly for it.
But don't think they're sincere in wanting to provide "care" to those who need it. This is a raw political power play, and nothing else.
The bill's main author, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, is currently chairman of the State Senate Appropriations Committee. But he wants to run for the powerful State Insurance Commissioner post. Then there's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who's eyeing the governorship, just as soon as current Gov. Jerry Brown departs next year.
What do Lara and Newsom have in common? They both want the big bucks from the politically powerful California Nurse's Association. Sure, it sounds innocent — hey, everyone likes nurses, right? — but the nurse's union is one of the most far-left groups in the state.
In 2014, The Atlantic Monthly fawningly described the CNA as "one of the smallest, but most powerful unions in the country." Now, thanks to that union's support of Lara, whether you like it or not, conservative, liberal or somewhere in between, you may soon be paying for socialized medicine.
As the Bee notes, with appropriate journalistic understatement, "Lara has support from the city of Los Angeles, Santa Clara and Marin counties' boards of supervisors, and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a candidate for state attorney general."
Lara's single-payer bill — State Bill 562, also called "The Healthy California Act" — has been passed out of the committee and is likely to be voted on in early June. Many political observers think the report on its cost might be the final nail in the coffin for this awful idea.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey in 2016 found that 50% of Americans would support a single-payer health care plan, with just 43% opposing it. But when you ask them whether they would support it if taxes went up for most people, and then 63% oppose it. A similar number oppose it if it would "give government too much control over health care." And 57% would oppose it if it got rid of current health care law — that is, ObamaCare.
But don't underestimate the state's Democrats, who, thanks to unions like the California Nurses Association, now have virtual stranglehold on state government. They have a filibuster-proof majority in the legislature, so compromise is no longer in their vocabulary.
Single-payer promises health care for all. What it will deliver is higher taxes, substandard care and health care rationing, as every single -payer system ever tried has done. Other states already have given single-payer a try — or at least, versions of it. Vermont actually passed a bill, but in 2014 the governor scotched it after seeing what it truly would cost.
Tennessee and Kentucky both passed a kind of "single-payer lite" based on Hillary Clinton's ill-fated "HillaryCare" plan from the early 1990s, but costs soared, insurers left the state, and the states were forced to cut tens of thousands from the "covered" rolls.
California, too, has flirted with the idea in the past. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed single-payer bills in 2006 and 2008, for instance. But there's no guarantee Gov. Jerry Brown would do the same today.
Like your current doctor? You won't be able to see him. Like your current care set up, have a favorite clinic? Too bad. Need special lifesaving surgery for a chronic illness? If you're too old or chronically infirm, a medical review bureaucrat may tell you "no."
Californians who value both their health and their pocket books would be wise to reject SB 562, and let their state legislator know it. Single-payer health care may look like a panacea, but it will only add to California's fiscal sickness.