ICYMI: What's being said about the government-run health care proposal, Senate Bill 562

Monday, June 5, 2017

Capitol Journal:  “California state senators passed a single-payer healthcare bill, but it's going nowhere fast”

Don’t delude yourself that legislation to create a California universal healthcare system passed the state Senate last week. All that passed was authorization to keep yakking about it in dreamland.

... A fantasy-driven single-payer healthcare concept was given the equivalent of a grade-school social promotion...

... this is a hollow bill — a bill in name only.

... pegged it at $400 billion annually. To put that in perspective, total state spending for the next fiscal year is projected to be $290 billion, including $107 billion in federal dollars...

Read more of the column from George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times.

California Healthline“California’s New Single-Payer Proposal Embraces Some Costly Old Ways”

Three of the dirtiest words in health care are “fee for service.”

... A state Senate analysis released last week warned that fee-for-service and other provisions in the legislation would “strongly limit the state’s ability to control costs”...

Several health experts expressed skepticism about the bill’s prospects…  “It would be a huge step backwards in delivering health care.”

... The bill doesn’t address other innovative approaches...

... The California bill faces another daunting challenge: coming up with the estimated $400 billion annually required to pay for universal coverage...

You can click here to read more from California Healthline.