A key legislative committee in California revived a bill Thursday to create a government-run health care system in the nation's most populous state, two days after Massachusetts elected a senator who opposes the president's national health care plan.Insert forehead slap here.
The Senate Appropriations Committee released the bill for a vote by the full Senate next week. The legislation had been held over from last year because of the state's ongoing budget crisis.
Creating a single-payer system would cost California an estimated $210 billion in its first year. That's roughly double the size of the total state budget, but about what the state and federal government and residents cumulatively spend now on California health care, said Sen. Mark Leno.
If you believe that any government appointed committee has ever gotten any cost estimate right then we are talking about a cost of $5,700 for every man, woman and child legally living in California each year. How much do you have to raise taxes on families and businesses to cover that? California is already broke. They can not pay for their schools, roads and existing programs yet the want to burden the taxpayers with a new program?