Monday’s legislative deadline for passage of California’s proposed Single Payer state-controlled health care, Assembly Bill 1400, came and went. It did not make it to the finish line despite threats progressive activists made to moderate lawmakers. As Fox 40 reported last week, “Progressives threaten to pull endorsements from California lawmakers who reject single-payer health care bill.”
One of the biggest pushers of AB 1400, was Amar Shergill, Chairman of the California Democrat Party Progressive Caucus: “Any Assembly member that thinks they can ignore the party, ignore labor, ignore people, vote against us and then still get the endorsement might find they have a tougher reelection battle than they thought,” Shergill told Fox 40.
His tune changed when he got word that the bill was dead in the water.
— CADem Progressive Caucus Chair (@AmarShergillCA) January 31, 2022
Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron issued a statement immediately following the failure of Democrats health care takeover:
“Some Democrats finally stood up to their radical base and joined with Republicans to put an end to this foolhardy plan. Better late than never. The fact that a proposal for a government takeover of our state’s entire health care system even made it this far shows just how out of touch the Democratic party is from the needs of everyday Californians. Even though this plan is dead for now, every Democrat who supported it will have to answer for their effort to end Medicare, kick 20 million Californians off their existing plans, require the largest tax increase in state history and put bureaucrats in charge of health care.
“Thank you to the 4,900 hardworking Californians who signed our petition to stop this bill. Your voices were heard and made a difference.”
Not much more needs to be said. Waldron addressed just how out of touch so many Democrats are today with the lives and values of their constituents. AB 1400 proved it.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D- Lakewood) released the following statement following Assemblymember Ash Kalra’s (D-San Jose) decision not to bring AB 1400, the single-payer healthcare proposal, up for a vote in the Assembly today:
“The shortage of votes needed to pass this bill out of the Assembly indicates the immense difficulty of implementing single-payer healthcare in California. Nevertheless, I’m deeply disappointed that the author did not bring this bill up for a vote today. I support single-payer and fully intended to vote yes on this bill. With time, we will have better and more successful legislation to bring us closer to this goal. I expect more and more of my colleagues to sign on, so we can make California a health care justice leader. Every Californian deserves quality health care without facing economic nightmares.”
Not everyone sighed with relief.
WE NEED NAMES & SPECIFICS
DO NOT PROTECT ANYONE. Enemies OR "ALLIES". Especially not Speaker @Rendon63rd
— Trisha (@Trisha_Tahmasbi) February 1, 2022
For background, Assembly Bill 1400, the “Guaranteed Health Care for All” state-run healthcare bill, which has been kicking around the Assembly for several years now, was heard and passed in the Assembly Rules Committee, earlier this month, but without a funding mechanism for the more than $400 billion proposal, the handwriting was on the wall. AB 14oo never should have been passed out of the Rules Committee because of that.
The Tax Foundation reported “this will increase taxes by $12,250 per household, roughly doubling the state’s already high tax collections, to fund a first-in-the-nation single-payer health-care system.”
Well, it is an election year.
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