California Single-Payer Healthcare Bill Postponed

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The California State Senate’s single-payer healthcare bill will not be voted upon by the General Assembly and remain in the Assembly Rules committee until further notice.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called the bill “woefully incomplete” and stated that “[…] there are fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Trump Administration and voters to make SB 652 a genuine piece of legislation.”

The bill could be revived next year, but for the present time is has been shelved.

SB 652 would have doubled California’s budget and would have caused many other government functions to be put on the backburner to maintain the program. An additional $100 billion in taxes would have to be raised in order for single-payer to be funded.

Supporters of the bill state that the public would see savings in healthcare, due to no longer having to pay premiums and deductibles, but the math doesn’t add up. One study conducted by Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, found that Californian’s would see around a $37 billion in savings; much less than the proposed amount of taxes that the state would have to raise to fund it.

With that in mind, Pollin stills supports the bill stating in an LA Times Op-Ed “Healthy California is capable of generating substantial savings for families at most income levels and businesses of most sizes. These savings are in addition to the benefits that the residents of California will gain through universal access to healthcare.”

Unfortunately, this most likely does not signal that the healthcare bill will fail is revived. Speaker Rendon stills supports single-payer healthcare and hopes to use the year to “fill the holes” in the bill.


Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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