Guess How Much Single-Payer Medical Care Will Cost California!

Headline says the price tag for single-payer medical care would exceed the current state budget!

Healthcare is a right! What does that mean? Recent news from the West Coast confirms again what people with common sense have been saying. Healthcare as a right means a right to be impoverished for worse healthcare than is already available. You have to pay more for such care, and the quality of the care is horribly degraded. Many of us gained firsthand experience of this truth through Obamacare.

Thus, we read in the Sacramento Bee the headline: “The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget.

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The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal health care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to creating a universal system, proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

It remains a long-shot bid. Steep projected costs have derailed efforts over the past two decades to establish such a health care system in California. The cost is higher than the $180 billion in proposed general fund and special fund spending for the budget year beginning July 1.

Naturally, the two state senators insist that healthcare is a right, and are in complete denial about that implications of the economic facts. It is time for people to recognize that a right to healthcare is incoherent. You have a right to life because it is always wrong for anyone to murder you. You have a right to own your property because it is always wrong for anyone to steal your stuff. You have a right to liberty because it is always wrong for anyone to abduct and enslave you. These rights exist no matter what the state budget. If three people are marooned on an island with no government at all, they still have these rights.

How can you have a “right” to unaffordable healthcare? You can’t. And when the government pretends otherwise and implements single-payer medical care, it always mean less care and less money for everyone.

Read the rest of the Sacramento Bee article here.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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