Single-payer health care in California

June 24, 2017

The Speaker of the California Assembly has shelved until next year a bill to institute universal single-payer health care. It could be revived next year, and likely will be, because it’s the hot button issue for the leftwing “progressive” tail that wags the dog that is the state Democratic Party. They’re already howling in outrage against the Assembly and blaming the postponement on insurers and (apparently, out of habit) President Trump. However, Speaker Anthony Rendon pointed out that even senators who voted for the single payer health care bill admitted it had a number of potentially fatal flaws, such as cost controls and financing.

To put that in plain English, even universal government-paid health care’s supporters calculated that it would cost $400 billion a year, or more than twice the current annual state budget. And that’s just a lowball estimate. Implementing it would drive countless businesses out of California, lead to inevitable rationing of care, and bring about financial ruination – yet a lot of California lawmakers said "what the heck" and voted for it anyway. Anybody surprised to hear that? Didn’t think so.


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The “progressives” currently protesting the shelving of the bill might as well be shaking their fists at the sky in fury and outrage that the government can’t repeal the laws of nature and reality. Come to think of it, I think that’s what being a “progressive” has now come to mean.

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  • Bernie Dillon

    06/26/2017 12:14 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    I am waiting for President Trump to cut off all funding to my state of California. I hope he does it soon because even Hollywood will be running to get the heck out of dodge. When Hollywood bails out California - America will see what cowards the Hollywood elite are. When no one is helping and Americans realize how ridiculous Hollywood is they will stop listening to them and maybe the likes of Governor Brown, Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein will be impeached and removed from office.

  • MARY J CULVER

    06/25/2017 03:47 PM

    At the onset of talking about national health insurance, I said WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT. We still cannot, no matter how much fiddling is done with it. Kaiser is the best insurance ever, and CA better not try to mess that up! Too many are covered by it and love it.

  • Daniel T Winfield

    06/25/2017 10:34 AM

    It is no surprise to see universal single-payer health care arise in California, but if the GOP's new Health Care Bill, supposedly replacing Obamacare, but faling far short, and failing to do so, fails just as spectacularly as Obamacare--because it does not lower outrageous costs and outrageously high deductibles--the cry of the Progressive's will scream at us in Congress. The present House and Senate health care bills are taking us there. Obama wins. Hillary wins. Democrats win. Dem Progressives win. GOP loses. GOP candidates lose. The promise to America was to repeal and replace Obamacare with "something special, something very good," said candidate Donald Trump. But it ain't even getting close... Did he realize the GOP in Congress is so divided they cannot govern? Cannot carry out promises?

  • Camille Harris

    06/25/2017 01:30 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    I am a single-mom with an adult son, now. I have been single for a very long time and since my spouse left I went back to school got my bachelors, masters and now, near the completion of my doctoral degree in education. I am a conservative Christian with a strong belief in Jesus. I have paid for my own medical care for over 20 years, raised my son to the best of my ability and there were times I held down 3 jobs to support myself once my alimony ended and my son moved in with dad. It is astounding to me how we can give freebies to non-citizens and refugees and not help the working citizen-person to get on their feet. I have never been on welfare, but on unemployment as the budget for the schools in my district ebbs and flows which I believe to mismanagement. Well, now I teach for a local university and will be starting my time at a community college which I hope will lead to a full-time position as a college counselor. I have done 9 years at the k-12 levels/5 years at the university levels, and I have seen enough of a poor education system that takes it out on staff by doing lay-offs. The unions did nothing for me as a probationary counselor, could not make tenure due to constant lay-offs in the district. I had a decent medical plan until obamacare slithered in and now I have to pay for those who do not contribute to to our state (California) which I am a third generation Hispanic with Native American heritage. I have a $5000 deductible, yes, the state contributes to my monthly premium, because I do not presently make enough to pay the enormous premiums. Oh, by the way, I practice naturopathic/ayurvedic healthcare and eat Paleo to maintain my health. So I take responsibility for my health, too, and eat good things. The only medication I take is for my thyroid which even that I get from my naturopathic M.D. Oh, also I am in debt up to my eyeballs to pay for all of my education because I made just a little bit more than poverty-level to qualify for free money, so I will have a huge debt once I finish school. So I am a little bit ticked off about the illegal immigrants here and the refugees who come here and get free tuition. I have worked at a school that is 90% children from refugee parents, who do not desire to assimilate and expect us to raise their children. The behavior is out of hand!

    My family wanted to come the U.S. and did so legally at the turn of the century because a chance at the American dream; they wanted to be Americans. I just do not get it! If people don't like how we do things here, then they should see where else they can be free to say and do so much with out being arrested or have their limbs chopped off. I am an American first, then comes my mixed heritage. I love this country and I wish the politicians would get over themselves and do the job we voted them in for!

    It is so great to see your daughter serving our president. I do not agree with everything he says but I respect him. My parents raised me to be a lady and be respectful of people. I experienced prejudice and injustice most of my life but I'm not crying over spilled milk. I was taught to work hard and do my part wherever there is a need.

    I would love to work for Ms. DeVoss once I complete my doctoral degree if there is a place for me as an educator. I think she could use my help and experience. I pray our country wakes up! I pray for our children and grandchildren. God help us! Thank you for all you do!

  • Camille Harris

    06/25/2017 01:28 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    I am a single-mom with an adult son, now. I have been single for a very long time and since my spouse left I went back to school got my bachelors, masters and now, near the completion of my doctoral degree in education. I am a conservative Christian with a strong belief in Jesus. I have paid for my own medical care for over 20 years, raised my son to the best of my ability and there were times I held down 3 jobs to support myself once my alimony ended and my son moved in with dad. It is astounding to me how we can give freebies to non-citizens and refugees and not help the working citizen-person to get on their feet. I have never been on welfare, but on unemployment as the budget for the schools in my district ebbs and flows which I believe to mismanagement. Well, now I teach for a local university and will be starting my time at a community college which I hope will lead to a full-time position as a college counselor. I have done 9 years at the k-12 levels/5 years at the university levels, and I have seen enough of a poor education system that takes it out on staff by doing lay-offs. The unions did nothing for me as a probationary counselor, could not make tenure due to constant lay-offs in the district. I had a decent medical plan until obamacare slithered in and now I have to pay for those who do not contribute to to our state (California) which I am a third generation Hispanic with Native American heritage. I have a $5000 deductible, yes, the state contributes to my monthly premium, because I do not presently make enough to pay the enormous premiums. Oh, by the way, I practice naturopathic/ayurvedic healthcare and eat Paleo to maintain my health. So I take responsibility for my health, too, and eat good things. The only medication I take is for my thyroid which even that I get from my naturopathic M.D. Oh, also I am in debt up to my eyeballs to pay for all of my education because I made just a little bit more than poverty-level to qualify for free money, so I will have a huge debt once I finish school. So I am a little bit ticked off about the illegal immigrants here and the refugees who come here and get free tuition. I have worked at a school that is 90% children from refugee parents, who do not desire to assimilate and expect us to raise their children. The behavior is out of hand!

    My family wanted to come the U.S. and did so legally at the turn of the century because a chance at the American dream; they wanted to be Americans. I just do not get it! If people don't like how we do things here, then they should see where else they can be free to say and do so much with out being arrested or have their limbs chopped off. I am an American first, then comes my mixed heritage. I love this country and I wish the politicians would get over themselves and do the job we voted them in for!

    It is so great to see your daughter serving our president. I do not agree with everything he says but I respect him. My parents raised me to be a lady and be respectful of people. I experienced prejudice and injustice most of my life but I'm not crying over spilled milk. I was taught to work hard and do my part wherever there is a need.

    I would love to work for Ms. DeVoss once I complete my doctoral degree if there is a place for me as an educator. I think she could use my help and experience. I pray our country wakes up! I pray for our children and grandchildren. God help us! Thank you for all you do!

  • Howell O. Archard, DDS (Retired)

    06/24/2017 11:40 PM

    I finally know what LBJ meant when he said the day after his landslide victory over Goldwater in 1964. Before speaking in front of the White House, he said to one of his sycophants under his breath: "Watch out, here come the run or ruin people!" Now I understand what he meant. The Democrats have become the 'run or ruin' people.

    The George Soros supported anarchist mobs (Occupy Wall Street, Move On.org, Black Lives Matter, etc.) epitomize "RUN OR RUIN". They even advocate violence and blood shed! We have enabled too many mobs and foreign "tagiyyah" types to come into this country. President Trump is right: only those who have a job here should be admitted, and they should not be permitted to go on welfare for at least five years.

  • kathleen pendlebury

    06/24/2017 08:04 PM

    Has anyone in favor of 'single payor' health care actually asked a person under that type of plan how they like it? I have. Our friend, a doctor in Scotland bought a personal health care plan for his aging mother-in-law because he knew that she would not be well served by the UK single payor coverage. She was able to get the surgery she needed only because she had the additional policy. He also told us that there are many 'gatekeeper' policies that sort out who gets care and there are very long waits for surgery.

  • John Jenkins

    06/24/2017 05:56 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,
    Our Congress isn't going to pass a healthcare bill as they know Obamacare is going to fail on it's own and then they (both Dem & Rep) will blame it all on President Trump. They want him out as he is an outsider... I believe the insurance companies, big pharma, and medical establishment need to be taken off their "high horse" in order to get med care priced properly.
    I have had 4 neck surgeries in Johannesburg, SA. which were done at clinics by a great German neurosurgeon and each one cost less than $12,000. for all costs involved. As a missionary in West Africa, I didn't heal well the the work was done well. I had to have another done here in the USA and I had to fight the insurance co. for 5 years to get permission to get surgery. The docs in the network said nothing was wrong, it was all in my head. Out of network specialists said that I needed surgery soon before my neck become permanently damaged. I had to threaten with a lawsuit and then got care which cost $104,000. before insurance. I still sustained permanent damage. Thankfully I had paid in for about 20 years so they didn't lose.
    The costs are unreasonable.... Plans should be made affordable to everyone according to income and those who aren't paying in need to buy insurance to get care. No freebees to those who aren't here legally. Get legal then you can get care. Unfortunately my health has been messed up by insurance companies calling the shots and cutting corners to make more money.
    I believe that President Trump can fix alot of this country's problems if he can get those that hate him off his back. Meanwhile we must continue to pray!
    God Bless You!
    JCJ

  • Thomas Neviaser

    06/24/2017 05:18 PM

    Mike, they are only playing to their ignorant base. They are either ignorant themselves or are trying to manipulate their constituents into believing these bozos are looking out for them. Democrats have absolutely nothing to offer and never will because they are consistently thinking about themselves and how they can continue to dupe the public.

  • George Stover

    06/24/2017 04:54 PM

    Unfortunately, you are right. Rational thinking has been lost somewhere along the coastline.

  • Rubye Ann Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    06/24/2017 04:25 PM

    Progressive is defined as a liberal in my book, or a socialist which is the same thing. People need to figure out what a program will cost, how to pay for it, and how to help the most people. Never pass a bill for which there are not sufficient funds, oh, but I forget I am a conservative ... you know one of those people who actually have a plan on how to implement a program.

  • Dr Safwat t Bishara

    06/24/2017 03:59 PM

    "Progressive" now seems to mean:
    God out of our lives,
    Marriage is obsolete,
    No male or female, just neutral,
    Do not honor the flag by saluting it,
    The truth is blurred,
    Achievement is shameful,
    Education level lowered to accommodate everyone,
    Media may spin the news,
    Honesty and hard work are things of the past,
    Government owes me everything,
    I am a victim of society,......

  • Ricci Henry

    06/24/2017 02:53 PM

    If you've had any experiences with Medicare advantage plans, you would know this is a major catastrophe. You pay more for premiums, more for office visits and hospital care, and then you have to fight with too many medical providers who try to overcharge you for coverage. The fact is it is much cheaper by far to stay with Medicare. Apply this fact to All insurance and add in the fact that the government and the people paid two thirds of the healthcare bill in 2015 and single payer looks a lot better. Part of the fact that healthcare has grown in recent years is that insurers haven't held medical providers in check. Unlike Medicare. I called an insurance co. a few years ago to inform them that the provider was charging for services that weren't provided. The lady very aggressively told me they do not do that. Put insurance co. profits into paying for Medicaid and your a long way toward paying the bills.

  • Romaine Broughton

    06/24/2017 02:26 PM

    Is this health care our law makers want to give us anything like what they give themselves?

    Seems to me that what got us in such a mess over health care was the day we allowed people to sue their Doctors. How about we change that . Don't go to a Doc you are not going to trust and remember that everyone is going to die some day. God Bless the doctors that try so hard to help us.

  • Anita Dixson

    06/24/2017 02:25 PM

    What has happened to common sense in our country? You can't spend more than you make and if you do, you go broke.

    What part of that does government not understand, especially the liberals but the republicans are almost as bad. I am very conservative but I believe with the new health care bill, we DO need to take care of those folks who can't pay (not those who don't WANT to pay). And we most definitely need to make sure that the folks who have pre-existing conditions have coverage!!! I know a lot of people who have this problem and we definitely leave them out with this bill. Surely we can find something somewhere in the middle to agree on.

    We especially need to root out those physicians and hospitals that bill Medicare millions of dollars for services never actually rendered.

  • Kathy Freeman

    06/24/2017 02:18 PM

    There must be something in the water in California. I cannot think of any other reason why there should be so many people with this type of crazy thinking in one geographical area. They want to enact a program that costs $400 billion a year without any idea of how they will pay for it when the state is already in terrible financial shape. The company my daughter works for has been headquartered in California, but they are currently moving their headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee. It was simply costing them way too much money to operate out of California. From reading I have done they are not they only company moving out of California. The liberals and progressives will be the ruin of this great country if given half a chance. I really don't see the possibility for change in California because anyone with any logic or common sense will not move there. It is a shame. It is a beautiful state.

  • Mark B.

    06/24/2017 02:16 PM

    Mike....
    Just don't include all of us folks that are stuck with the current leadership here in Kalifornia....
    We are not all that stupid!!!
    If you look and the political Red/Blue maps of the state, there is a huge area that is all red...
    unfortunately...the representatives are chosen by population i.e., there are only two reps for almost all of the state north of Sacramento and only a few more for the entire eastern half of the state....I can promise you that those of us in the "red" counties can't stand what is going on here.....but are all but powerless to stop any of it....being born & raised here and serving as a LEO for over 30 years....it makes it hard to leave, but many of us are being driven from our natural homes to get away from this crap....Why should we have to leave everything behind?
    Something's got to give soon.....but I think we all realize its' pretty much a lost cause...unless we get a huge earthquake everything west of the San Andreas Fault disappears or the western sierra foothills become the new coastline....

  • Penny Harrison

    06/24/2017 02:12 PM

    I left you another much longer comment under your article regarding Nestle (among others) leaving California - and I am glad the Speaker of the Assembly has seen the light, albeit through a mirror darkly, and shelved this bill. Perhaps he too has decided not to accompany the strong willed child determined to hit the wall - or put another way, follow the lemmings over the cliff. Thanks for giving me a chuckle today, seeing the "progressives" as defiant Chicken Littles screaming about "the sky is falling"!

  • Bruce Deming

    06/24/2017 01:58 PM

    Unbelievable. It's like, you lawmakers said we were all jumping in a fire and we're mad because now it's postponed. It's the fault of the insurers because they won't provide the kindling and Trump won't give us a match. We're going to protest because we want to die now, not later.
    These California lawmakers are adding fuel to a fire that shouldn't exist. Their yes votes ignited it, and they knew full well that it would have to be extinguished. If they had voted in this reality, none of this would have happened. California lawmakers should be forced to live in Venezuela for a month before they consider anything else of a socialist nature. Their state income tax or sales tax would have to be raised to at least 50%. Minimum wage would have to be over $100 an hour, and within a month inflation would eat that. Bankruptcy in less than a year.
    When they all jump in the fire, should the rest of the country have to bail them out? Hollywood won't bail them out, they'll just leave with everyone else. I really don't want my federal tax dollars spent on anything like it. This kind of mismanagement can't be rewarded. I hope Adolf Cuomo is watching carefully. Jerry Brown's ex-girlfriend said it best when she sang,"you're no good, you're no good, you're no good, baby you're no good" to him.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    06/24/2017 01:38 PM

    These are selfish little spoiled brats who kicked and cried and screamed growing up when they never got their way and what they wanted. They were constantly given in to and never reprimanded for wrongs. Now this world 'as it turns' is full of them.
    So frustrating! But I know God allows things for a reason.

  • Richard Palmquist

    06/24/2017 01:34 PM

    Laws of nature MUST be thwarted! We must join the Americas with Europe. Look at the world map. We fit! Engineers! Geologists! Save energy. Eliminate passenger and freight shipping except to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand! Tug our continental shores together. United World should be our ideal. Capital city? Tower of Babel!

  • Jeffrey P. Clough

    06/24/2017 01:22 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,

    Thank you for your newsletters. I enjoy reading them.

    As usual, you are on the money, this time about California Democrats. For the last 30 years there has been a slow, but increasing theft of our freedoms and hard earned money in California. It is very sad, as it used to be like a marriage, slightly left and right of center.
    Leftist propaganda, (from the media, educators, judges, and legislators), has brainwashed people into thinking that it is o.k. to give up our American Constitutional rights, and hard earned money, for the greater good of a controlling Socialist government. This goes against everything that this country was founded on, i.e..Individual freedoms and smaller government. This clearly shows their corruption.

    I never thought I would live to see the day that our greatest threat to a free America would be our own Democrat citizens.

    Once again, thank you for your newsletters, and please keep them coming. I find them concise, correct, and truthful.

    Jeffrey P. Clough
    Poway, California

  • CAPTAIN R. Ernest Templeton USNR (Ret)

    06/24/2017 01:21 PM

    Governor, I really enjoy your commentaries about the SERIOUS issues we as Americans face. It is VERY refreshing to hear your conservative prospective on government in America. We need MORE leadership like you who have conservative and christian ideas to stop the liberal leadership from bleeding America to death with their "give it all away" beliefs and their unacceptable disregard of the constitution. It is especially appalling the liberal closed minded (blind) support for undocumented and illegal aliens that suck benefits and money away from those who are legal US citizens. Keep up the great work you do.

  • patrick j mcredmond

    06/24/2017 01:15 PM

    AN OUTLINE FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM
    1 repeal obamacare entirely get fed govt out of insurance business except for selling ins across state lines, 2 pass legislation allowing vets to go to any hospital or clinic, public or private
    3 turn over all veteran hospitals and clinics to various states ($1/yr leases) to be part of public
    health care system. Patients would be charged on ability to pay. 4 encourage (or require) all
    health care professionals to pull their fare share of duty in the public health care system( for
    pay of course). 5 tuition reimbursement for doctors and nurses willing to commit to time in
    the public health care system.
    NOTE we have public and private educational systems now and both seem to thrive, compete,
    and provide a basis of comparison

  • Carole Earl

    06/24/2017 01:08 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee - You make so much sense!! I love the way you write in your colorful Arkansas style. It's such a breath of fresh air to hear your sane commentary to the craziness that we must endure from the radical left and the biased media. It's a shame that you haven't made it to the Presidency yet - but Donald Trump is a good man and I believe God will use Him towards implementing His plans for America as a by-product of the fervent prayers of believers all over the nation. Keep up your good work and the sharing of your keen insights with us, your readers. Thank you very much and God bless you, Mrs. Carole Earl

  • Ron Stephens

    06/24/2017 01:07 PM

    First of all, thank you for straight speaking without being mean-spirited and engaging in personal attacks. You are an example a lot of the media should notice and follow.

    As to the 'progressives', I am reminded of my favorite movie "Connagher" in which Ken Curtis as rancher Seaborne Tay looks sadly at 'Shorty' Jackson, lying dead in the bunkhouse, and says, "Ah, Jackson. He used to work for me. Good hand to, until he took up with that Ladder 5 outfit. What do you reckon it is that makes a man want to go to hell that a way?"

    Indeed. If you, or anyone, could answer that question it would be of immeasurable service to humanity. Alas, I think the answer is in Genesis. Guess the real problem is not that there is no answer but that much of humanity will not accept it.

  • Gary Viola

    06/24/2017 01:05 PM

    not to worried about California,but i do not see in this new health plan that allows us to be able to out of state to buy insurance.i want competition on this very much.why is it not in this new plan like Mr.Trump wanted. Thank You.

  • Jim Kuzdal

    06/24/2017 12:45 PM

    Re: Health care for all in CA - My wife has been a Pharmacist for 40 yrs. - she's a big believer in health care for all. I have been in the magazine publishing business for 40 years - I say if somebody wants my product/service, they need to pay. I tell my wife - that's how health care should be. If you can't pay, you die. My wife thinks I'm mean. I'm think I'm just keeping-it-real.

  • Marc Olson

    06/24/2017 12:40 PM

    When you first wrote about CA's idea on their own health care system it sounded undoable mainly because of the financial aspect. CA is not financially healthy anyway.
    I doubt that Bernie will ever come up with a 'workable solution' to anything! And, of course, Charles is almost always on target.
    The WJ Obamacare READ MORE was worthwhile... the GOP should read it and use several of it's ideas.
    Thanks for the Saturday edition... your Newsletter is always appreciated however, we certainly don't expect you to pump out 6 or 7 each week! Thank you.

  • William Anderson

    06/24/2017 12:37 PM

    Let them have it. The rest of the country will see what a failure single payer government insurance will be at their expense. And offer them NO BAILOUTS.

  • Bobbi Jones

    06/24/2017 12:35 PM

    I love you Mike!
    You have such a brilliant insight and know just how to put all of this mess in words that anyone can understand.
    I've kept your emails but have dropped most (it does get overwhelming and frustrating!).
    Keep it up!

  • David Pawlitschek

    06/24/2017 12:35 PM

    As an older person- 76- I feel that as we (People of our Nation) have strayed away from God, we have lost our common sense reasoning. Too many no longer feel their need to EARN THIER WAY, but look for freebies where ever they can.
    I expect the time is coming SOON when the bottom drops out-Credit-and the time to reap what we have sown ( lack of concern) will be upon us all !!!

  • Daniel Schepis

    06/24/2017 12:33 PM

    You said in a post that you read these comments. If so I would like to say a few things.
    First let me thank you for your years of service to America. Right or wrong in policies it appears that you have been a hardworking and honest politician and that is rare. I loved your show on Fox News and miss you there. You were one the few (if only) host that showed respect for your guest, and traded on ideas not bombast. These are reasons I contributed what little I could to your campaign this last presidential campaign cycle.
    Now that the sincerely felt flattery is out the way let me add that it was your tax plan that finally made me abandon your camp. It's a horrid idea and I would love to debate it with you one day but it's a moot point as nothing of its type is seriously on table at the moment. I do fear your almost blind support of Trump will hurt your future chances in media or politics. This concerns me because even if I disagree with you on a policy or three, I respect you and feel America still has need of you . As your own man not a mouthpeice of a morally..... Questionable president.
    Now for the meat of my reason for writing. Though I agree that Bernie Sanders single payer idea is possibly to expensive I cannot for the life of me understand how anything the Republicans have suggested in either healthcare bill is anything but pure evil. As the elderly population increases. ( The people who paid taxes so that those who retired before and didn't pay all there lives for benefits could have them. ) Repulicans now want to cut the funds. In other words, Baby boomers made the social programs of the F. D. R and L. B. J. Era sustainable. As they head to retirement these programs are being threatened by Republicans. There's many other problems with the Senate Bill but this is one anyone who, once the legal jargon is explained, should easily see as unjust.
    Mike Huckabee, You have shown yourself as a man of justice and fair mind. You have a voice I never could but always dream of. You do not need to follow blindly Trump and his groupies that seek only to destroy a former presidents legacy regardless of cost to country. You can support legislation to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines thus increasing competition. You can support legislation allowing people to buy medicine from foreign countries thus increasing competition to big pharmacy. You can propose diversification of our social security investments, thus simultaneously investing in American companies and increasing rate of return on investment. You can support a major one time bailout of social security to be used for this investment.
    If this saves Obamacare so be it. If Obamacare needs rework (and I'm sure it does and have great ideas if you ever feel chatty) you can put real ideas forward and support real ideas. Talk of real ideas. Talk solutions. But most of all talk from your heart not as Trumps mouthpiece.
    Be blessed.

  • Mike Hatch

    06/24/2017 12:33 PM

    The DEM "lawmakers" that support this bill are the first "lawmakers" to demand us taxpayers in the other 49 states, or is it 56 states according to Obama, to bail the state out when it goes bankrupt.

  • Rhona H. Summerford

    06/24/2017 12:32 PM

    What else can we expect from Jerry Brown and the California Assembly? Can they get any further left? No wonder people are leaving for other states by the droves!!!!

  • Coralynn Thompson

    06/24/2017 12:31 PM

    Mike you nailed it. We have lived in Calif our collective years of 145. This state has "progressively" gone down hill, especially under the current govenor- Gerry Brown. Growing up in the '40 & '50s we were proud to say we were native Californians. Now we hope where we come from won't be discussed! We love the state and our home but politics and the derranged of our entertainment industry have made it and embarrasment and financially didficult for the real working people. We are retired and modestly comfortable. We don't want to move but it's looking like we may have to do so if things continue to deteriorate here.

  • Paul Schaller

    06/24/2017 12:30 PM

    A great example of outrage creation by those who have nothing reasonable to offer their constituents. This should be followed by the "truth" that Trump inspired Russian interference is holding back our constitutional right to universal government funded healthcare. Nuts and flakes in Sacramento. Pride before the fall.

  • Norman Leal

    06/24/2017 12:27 PM

    Hi Mike

    I live on the West coast in California. Never could understand why working people here are Democrats. People make good money but yet vote Democrat.. Democrats believe in taking money away from working people so it can be given to those who don't want to work.

    I've lived through good times where a person was responsible for their actions. Government can't give anything unless it's taken away from someone else.

  • Judi Fey

    06/24/2017 12:27 PM

    Government out of health care. Let the marketplace compete. Keep ACA (getting rid of all the taxes and fees and death panels) for 2018. Let health care plan providers know that they need to be ready for 2019 with plans that have what people need (e.g. no birthcontrol or maternity for seniors). The high-risk people shouldl not be in the same plans as non high-risk. People should be able to have tax free health care savings accounts that can accrue over the years and be used when they need them, not by a deadline. Insurers can negotiate with drug companies for better prices for their plans. Keep Medicare for now - we have paid into that our whole careers, BUT instruct the agency to get rid of fraud. Turn Medicaid over to the state with instructions to cull the roster and get rid of fraud. No one can complain and Ds and Rs cannot fight over portions and delay like they are doing now. Move on to tax reduction!

  • Daniel Schepis

    06/24/2017 12:26 PM

    You said in a post that you read these comments. If so I would like to say a few things.
    First let me thank you for your years of service to America. Right or wrong in policies it appears that you have been a hardworking and honest politician and that is rare. I loved your show on Fox News and miss you there. You were one the few (if only) host that showed respect for your guest, and traded on ideas not bombast. These are reasons I contributed what little I could to your campaign this last presidential campaign cycle.
    Now that the sincerely felt flattery is out the way let me add that it was your tax plan that finally made me abandon your camp. It's a horrid idea and I would love to debate it with you one day but it's a moot point as nothing of its type is seriously on table at the moment. I do fear your almost blind support of Trump will hurt your future chances in media or politics. This concerns me because even if I disagree with you on a policy or three, I respect you and feel America still has need of you . As your own man not a mouthpeice of a morally..... Questionable president.
    Now for the meat of my reason for writing. Though I agree that Bernie Sanders single payer idea is possibly to expensive I cannot for the life of me understand how anything the Republicans have suggested in either healthcare bill is anything but pure evil. As the elderly population increases. ( The people who paid taxes so that those who retired before and didn't pay all there lives for benefits could have them. ) Repulicans now want to cut the funds. In other words, Baby boomers made the social programs of the F. D. R and L. B. J. Era sustainable. As they head to retirement these programs are being threatened by Republicans. There's many other problems with the Senate Bill but this is one anyone who, once the legal jargon is explained, should easily see as unjust.
    Mike Huckabee, You have shown yourself as a man of justice and fair mind. You have a voice I never could but always dream of. You do not need to follow blindly Trump and his groupies that seek only to destroy a former presidents legacy regardless of cost to country. You can support legislation to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines thus increasing competition. You can support legislation allowing people to buy medicine from foreign countries thus increasing competition to big pharmacy. You can propose diversification of our social security investments, thus simultaneously investing in American companies and increasing rate of return on investment. You can support a major one time bailout of social security to be used for this investment.
    If this saves Obamacare so be it. If Obamacare needs rework (and I'm sure it does and have great ideas if you ever feel chatty) you can put real ideas forward and support real ideas. Talk of real ideas. Talk solutions. But most of all talk from your heart not as Trumps mouthpiece.
    Be blessed.

  • Gregg Dickerson

    06/24/2017 12:20 PM

    I suspect the motivation to institute universal health care had nothing to do with health care, but instead it was a wealth redistribution scheme. Think about it, at a cost of 400 billion dollars a year when the system finally collapsed the state could well be over a trillion dollars in debt. The next step would be to request a massive federal bailout on the backs of the US taxpayers. Fortunately the architects of this horribly flawed plan have thought twice about the consequences of this action. I believe that in order to prevent any further attempts like this in the future we need federal legislation to make states individually responsible for instituting universal health coverage without the possibility of a federal bail out.

  • Gregg Dickerson

    06/24/2017 12:19 PM

    I suspect the motivation to institute universal health care had nothing to do with health care, but instead it was a wealth redistribution scheme. Think about it, at a cost of 400 billion dollars a year when the system finally collapsed the state could well be over a trillion dollars in debt. The next step would be to request a massive federal bailout on the backs of the US taxpayers. Fortunately the architects of this horribly flawed plan have thought twice about the consequences of this action. I believe that in order to prevent any further attempts like this in the future we need federal legislation to make states individually responsible for instituting universal health coverage without the possibility of a federal bail out.

  • John Spencer

    06/24/2017 12:13 PM

    Governor, Thanks for your commentary that is habitually "spot-on" and greatly appreciated. I was reading Isaiah 29:15,16 yesterday (KJV) and there it was; "The Deep State" along with a "Woe" on them from the Lord. As the passage is not familiar I'd respectfully suggest you take a look at those verses.
    Blessings, John

  • Jay Willingham

    06/24/2017 12:09 PM

    Edmund Morris in his Reagan biography "Dutch" states that early on the appelatiom "progreassive" was a code word used by the American Communist Party to denote party membership. Can that be used today to call prohtessives what they essentially are? The term sounds so positive to the uninformed. Their use of "liberal" is another semantic wolf in sheep's clothing.
    Godspeed to all hands!

  • Stanley McKinley

    06/24/2017 11:56 AM

    Ditto, Arkie, from 85yr0ld dust bowl Okie.
    sending $20

  • Pat Thomas

    06/24/2017 11:56 AM

    This is not a comment on health care. I am so frustrated about this subject. So much fake news and dragging of feet. What I am writing to bring your attention to is a law that has passed the senate and is going to the house to "protect muslims". It is opening the way for Sharia Law in the US. Not now, but down the road as a gradual thing. Our President needs to be aware of this, now and stop it. I will refer back to an Immigration Law 414 written in 1958 that states that no muslim is allowed into this country-----period---------which Obama ignored, and so did a lot of those in government. They are all, breaking the law. PLEASE tell him!!! Our very lives are at stake!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bonnie MacDonell

    06/24/2017 11:48 AM

    I agree with you that CA is just plain "stupid" (my words!). Would it be such a shame to have that STATE fall away into "no man`s land?" They are not a help to our gr8 country anyways~they are nothing more than a hindrance!! I say~~good riddance !!

  • Emmitt Luttrell

    06/24/2017 11:46 AM

    I have lived in CA since 1955 and then it was a good state to live and work in, but now I think CA has the most corrupt voting in the US. We can't get rid of the progressives that is now and has been ruining our state for many years.

  • Scerita A. Dugas

    06/24/2017 11:43 AM

    I like your perspective and your comments.
    If you read these, why haven't you arranged to have my name corrected in the newsletter heading? My name is spelled S C E R I T A.
    Please have it corrected. I have asked several times now.
    Thanks.
    SAM
    a/k/a Scerita A. Dugas
    [email protected]

  • Marchia Forber

    06/24/2017 11:35 AM

    Don't YOU move to California! Stay here in USA !
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