With President Trump trying to make good on his promise to repeal Obamacare, California, in an open act of defiance, proposed a single-payer healthcare system that would include California’s illegal immigrants.
In an interview with Mercury News, “We’ve reached this pivotal moment and I thought to myself: ‘Look, now more than ever is the time to talk about universal health care,’” said one of Senate Bill 562’s authors, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.
The proposed bill was submitted right before deadline, and few details are known about it, other than it has a system to support a single-payer healthcare system.
While California’s liberals are excited about the bill, and are working on getting the backing of Teacher and Nurses unions, there are still critics of the system. “It’s been a disaster in countries like Canada,” said Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the conservative Pacific Research Institute, based in San Francisco.
Mercury News reports further:
The Healthy California Act, co-authored by Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, was submitted just before the deadline for new legislation. It doesn’t yet offer many specifics other than the lawmakers’ intent: to create a so-called single-payer system that would pay for coverage for everyone.
Proponents argue that single-payer systems make health care more affordable and efficient because they eliminate the need for reams of paperwork, but opponents say they raise taxpayer costs and give government too much power.
Medicare, the federally funded health coverage for the elderly, is often held up as a model of what a single-payer system might look like.
The idea has periodically gained traction in the Golden State and elsewhere in the country. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who nearly toppled Democrat Hillary Clinton during last year’s presidential primary — widened its popular appeal on the left.
But while other developed nations have achieved universal coverage through single-payer plans, one has yet to get off the ground anywhere in the U.S.
Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected a similar proposal last fall amid widespread concerns about the cost. Perhaps the best-known effort to create a single-payer plan was in Vermont, but it failed in 2014 after the state couldn’t figure out how to finance it.