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Terrible single-payer health care bill under consideration in Sacramento

Uploaded: Jan 27, 2022
In my view there are several awful ideas circulating among the Democrats in Sacramento but among the worse is the stunningly ill-advised single-payer health system.
It’s nearly as bad as the absurd rationale that gave us Obamacare. Nationally, we had about 30 million uninsured, about 10% of the population at the time. Instead of focusing on the 30 million, Obama and the Democrats upset the health care system entirely, driving up costs across the board—but particularly for individuals and small businesses. Remember Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling members they had to pass the more than 1,700-page bill so they could read it and learn what was in it.
Democrats in the state Senate actually passed a single-payer bill in 2017, but there was no plan to pay for it. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon acted as the adult and refused to allow the bill to advance. That was a good call then and remains a good call today.
Hoover Institution Fellow Lee Ohanian, in his Jan. 11 column, points out that the largest uninsured group in California is 1.2 million illegal immigrants out of a population of about 40 million. So, naturally, the Democrats are ready to scrap the entire system to take care of a minority that is here as lawbreakers.
Ohanian points out that the state shrunk by 367,000 people last year and lost a Congressional seat as its population declined for the first time in history. Major businesses such as Tesla, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and others left for Texas, while others found new homes in Florida and Tennessee. The business flight reflects the families leaving.
That reality has not deterred the progressive Democrats in the Legislature. The proposed tax increases start with a per household hit of $12,250 that is a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote of both houses of the Legislature plus a vote of the people.
Democrats control 75% of both houses so they can bring it to the ballot with a party-line vote and a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom. Despite easily beating back the recall last fall, it’s not a sure thing that he would sign such a bill despite his public statements during his campaign favoring it. He wants a future beyond California whether that’s in the U.S, Senate or a presidential run. The politics are dicey, at best, in a national campaign with the costly single-payer plan. Sen. Bernie Sanders has his fans, but they don’t include Independents and Republicans.
Incidentally, household hit just the start of the new taxes list that would high high-earners hard as well as business owners.
So, stay tuned. The single-payer bill goes to committee early next month. Fortunately, there are many hurdles that must be cleared, but party-line votes are a possibility. That said, members facing re-election in competitive districts may well think twice and then some about voting for this measure.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Lahommed, a resident of Dublin,
on Jan 27, 2022 at 9:38 am

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Our politicians are out of touch, inept and corrupt throughout the congress, the senate and the white house currently we have no leadership no proactivity its all reactive. The best way to kill a nation is to go from proactive to reactive. That is America now. Biden too old too stupid, Pelosi too corrupt too old, Swalwell too corrupt Schumer too old too corrupt.....we can do better...we must do better or this country will see third world status which already has Impoverished many of our large cities. As America bleeds from within our elected officials only care about insider trading and becoming richer by any means which is always off the backs of the working man and woman. Time the people stood up and say to the politicians...NO MORE! If the people could only put down their cell phones long enough to do just that?

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 27, 2022 at 10:32 am

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Excellent article, Tim. And you zeroed in on a point that I have discussed with people for years. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the rest ‘em, voted on a bill they never read prior to its passing. In fact, Obama admitted he never read the bill, or even a part of it.

Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jan 27, 2022 at 1:36 pm

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Unfortunately, we are not in a "competitive" district. So we can all look forward to Bauer-Kahan and Glazer rubber stamping this nonsense - and then lecturing us like children afterward how "equitable" and "fair" it is to do so.

What could go wrong with health care run like the DMV or the post office? How about running out of (not saving) money when people think health care is "free", the same politicians coming back for more funding (taxes) later to pay for "higher than expected" costs, and businesses/residents leaving?

Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jan 27, 2022 at 7:28 pm

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Tim, I agree - I would not like to be forced into a single-payer health system.

A record 14.5 million Americans signed up for Obamacare for 2022. I guess it is not that bad. Think how much better it would be if it had not been for Republicans stopping anything that had to do with healthcare. Thanks to John McCain and a few brave Republican senators who voted for Obamacare to survive the assault from the rest of the Republicans.so now, 14.5 million Americans will have health insurance.

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Please provide reliable data and sources for your statements, especially cost of healthcare.

What did the Republicans propose for healthcare other than to get rid of Obamacare? Nothing!

What did the Republicans and Trump do for Infrastructure? nothing!

Democrats won the presidency and the Congress and want to get things done! You and a few people may not agree with them but better than the do-nothing Republicans. Oh I forgot, Republicans gave huge tax breaks to corporations and rich people. Great accomplishment! Resulted in the largest deficit ever!

In 2021, the economy grew the fastest since the Reagan years. The economy created the most number of jobs in 2021 since they started tracking it. These are all under the Democratic presidency and Democratic Congress!


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