SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Democrats had difficulty getting the necessary votes to pass Senate Bill 562 yesterday. The government-run health care proposal has a whopping $400 billion price tag with an assumption of a 15 percent payroll tax on the paychecks of ordinary Californians.
As Dan Walters from the Sacramento Bee highlights in his Capitol Journal column, perhaps Sacramento Democrats should allow the voters to decide whether or not they want government-run health care.
A new poll indicates that most Californians support changing the state’s immense, insurance-based medical care system to one in which the state provides universal coverage.
However, there’s just one small detail: 65 percent support drops to 42 percent if a “single-payer” system requires new taxes, which, of course, it would.
… Even now, the millions of additional Medi-Cal enrollees under Obamacare have great difficulty finding care because of low reimbursement rates.
If millions more are covered, those payments would have to increase sharply to lure doctors and other providers to a state whose living costs, especially for housing, are among the nation’s highest.
… There’s a good way to settle the issue. Put SB 562 on the ballot, along with realistic taxes to pay for it, and let voters decide.
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