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January 24, 2010
California Dems seek single payer health insurance
The entire country has been focused this week on Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts and its significance to the issue of national health care legislation pending in Congress.
But Just two days after Republican Scott Brown's election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced she no longer has the votes in the House to pass the Senate version of the health care bill. In effect, the plan for national health care has imploded in Washington D.C.
One would think that the liberal Democrats, even in California, would take a lesson from the Massachusetts election and what it means. Instead, what happened in Sacramento this week is a slap in the face to the citizens of California, and spit in the eye to voters nationwide.
Democrats in the California Legislature's Senate Appropriations committee, led by Sen. Mark Leno ( D-San Francisco) have voted, without any comment, to approve a bill (SB 810 see HERE) which will outlaw private health insurance in California and create a single-payer health insurance system in the state.
California's non-partisan Legislative Budget Analysis Office says the bill would cost California taxpayers at least $200 billion a year, the bill's language has no taxing or funding mechanism within it to pay for the proposed health care and the bill doesn't take into consideration the "significant" start-up costs and impact on the state's economy:
(See full budget analysis HERE.)
Legislative Budget Analysis:
Tom Del Becarro, editor of Political Vanguard.com and Vice President of the California Republican party blasted the California Democrats in the Senate Appropriations committee for trying to shove universal health care down the taxpayer's throats in a sneaky move:
Keep in mind that California is already amidst a chronic and prolonged budget crisis brought on by runaway spending and exorbitant taxing. Perennially listed among the worst states in our Union to do business, California features 10%+ income taxes and the highest regulatory burden around. So imposing are the costs to business in California, despite its ports and natural resources, Nevada and its desert is #1 in the Country in new business development.
Contra Costa Times reports the decision by Democrats to revive this bill was made over the objections of Republicans on the California Senate Appropriations committee:
The bill is almost identical to former Sen. Sheila Kuehl's 2008 single-payer bill that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed.
The California governor's office said this morning:
"Any elected official that thinks it's a good idea to strap the state with tens of billions of dollars from a government-run health care system is clearly not in touch with what voters need and deserve," said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Rachel Arrezola. "The governor continues to oppose any single-payer government-run health care system."
Here are the Democrats on the California Senate Appropriations Committee who voted in favor of moving SB 810 to a vote of the full legislature.
Chairman: Mark Leno San Francisco
Christine Kehoe, San Diego
Ellen Corbett, San Leandro
Carole Liu, Pasadena
Leland Yee, San Francisco
Jane Jamison is publisher of the conservative news/commentary blog, UNCOVERAGE.net