SoCalist alert! California has passed a bill eliminating all private forms of healthcare in the state. The only thing that bars this from completion is Arnold's veto (the state senate must concur, but they have already done so once):
On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly made to the bill.This kind of system (i.e. Marxian) has been tried all over the world with dismally bleak success rates -- take Canada, for instance, about which the Pacific Research Institute writes:
Incentives matter, and one need only examine the incentives of the Canadian system to predict the results: inefficient use of resources and severe rationing of expensive procedures. Patients consider health care to be free. They pay for it for sure. Canadian doctor and author David Gratzer..., estimates that the system costs each Canadian 21 cents for every $1 they earn, which translates into $7,350 a year for a person earning $35,000. But they don't pay for it when they use it. The result is an overuse and inefficient use of primary care facilities.Here's some info about the bill:
- SB 840 would create the "California Health Insurance System" to be administered by an autonomous agency, the "California Health Insurance Agency," under the direction of the "Health Insurance Commissioner" who would be elected for terms of eight years.
- SB 840 would establish the "California Health Insurance Agency" as the sole primary provider of health insurance coverage for all California residents.
- SB 840 would prohibit all current health care service plan contracts or health insurance policies from being sold in California because they would duplicate services provided through the "California Health Insurance Agency." Individual health care service plans or insurance companies would only be able to sell medical or health services in California that the "California Health Insurance Agency" does not provide.
For instance, check the Google results for SB840 and SB 840. Without the blogosphere, this story would be a non-story.
It is astonishing how low this bill and the illegal-alien drivers' license bill have flown under the radar. I make no doubt of the reason why: because Californians, while leaning liberal, notoriously despise both HillaryCare and also giving illegal aliens a government ID card they can use to fake legal residency. So no wonder the elite media -- which "has bones in the fight," as a (legal) immigrant friend of mine said a long time ago, when she was still learning English -- are doing their bestest to keep mum about the bills.
The Democrats will happily tout their leftism at the appropriate venues: fund raisers, rallies, and speeches to the nurses and prison-guard unions. No reason to let real voters find out just how radical their own state senators and assemblymen are!
Far from achieving health care for all, SB840 would likely create a class-oriented system where the upper class could afford going out of state for healthcare (at extra cost) while the lower and middle class would be forced to rely on the inept state-sponsored system. Pretty soon the Hollywood big shots will be flying into Vegas for their yearly checkups. Organized healthcare is for the masses, don't you know?
Without competition, the services offered by the state will surely suffer in quality in no time. The big loser in all of this is the middle class -- they'll lose their health insurance coverage that they work for, will pay more taxes, and get worse service. And O! the joy that everyone above poverty level will be subsidizing the hundreds of thousands of low- or non-income folks who won't be paying a dime to cover themselves (i.e. leeching). The proposed cost is 8(!) percent hike onto the payroll tax that businesses pay and 3 percent onto state income taxes.
Not to mention the bloated government agency this would spawn, along with all the other joys of bureaucracies that come with such packages. And the best part? The state assembly didn't even address the costs of this lovely new SoCalist system. The bill calls for a slow rollover over the next few years. The assemblymen can only serve 6 years -- so they made the law but won't be held to task for the effects. That is legislative survival-of-the-fittest at its best.
Beware -- if this passes, look for other socialist healthcare activists to start poking their heads up all over the country.