Costly “Free” Healthcare

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If you think health care is expensive now just wait until it’s free…

Government run healthcare, known as “single payer healthcare for all”,  proposed for CA under SB 562 will cost $400 BILLION A YEAR!  That’s more than twice the entire state budget!  Costing around $22,000 for every employed person in California – that’s a massive new tax to pay for “free” healthcare for all!

 Senate Bill 562, by Senator Ricardo Lara (D – Bell Gardens), sets up a single payer plan for everyone living in California, including undocumented immigrants. It bans private health plans and creates a two-tier system: private, fee-for-service care for the wealthy and politically connected, and a taxpayer funded government plan for everyone else.   Interestingly, the bill fails to identify a funding source but hints at a massive payroll tax deduction on working people.  Since not everyone works, the cost per working person will actually be more!   It applies to illegal immigrants, — CA would become a worldwide magnet for “free” health care!

Replacing health insurance and premiums, you pay higher taxes — upwards of a 15% payroll tax on workers! A nine-member panel would control all healthcare decisions in the state — creating a new government bureaucracy.

Despite all this, SB 562 passed the Senate floor this week and is headed to the Assembly, where I will see it in Assembly Health committee.

Competition is the best way to keep costs low — not one giant government program!

Join me in fighting SB 562
Send your comments to: Assemblymember.Waldron@assembly.ca.gov

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