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.
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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