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California Single-Payer Plan Meets Reality; Reality Wins

Written by Joe Scudder

Lawmakers give up on California single-payer healthcare for now.

California single-payer was a popular idea because the idea was separated from the cost and the logistics of executing the plan. Everyone was excited about getting “free” healthcare, but nothing is free. California single-payer would only work if the state government had enough revenue and/or credit to pay for it. But California residents are already overtaxed and the government is way too deeply in debt. So those offering to give the voters what they wanted are having to back down.

The Sacramento Bee reports, “‘Woefully incomplete’ universal health bill dead for the year in California.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on a sweeping plan to overhaul the health care market in California Friday, calling the bill “woefully incomplete.”

Rendon announced plans to park the bill to create a government-run universal health care system in Assembly Rules Committee “until further notice” and give senators time to fill in holes that the bill does not currently address.

“Even senators who voted for Senate Bill 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Trump administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation,” Rendon said.

Read the whole Sacramento Bee article.

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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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