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Will Assembly Democrats Capitulate to Bullying from the Left and Pass State-Controlled Health Care?

Do lawmakers even want state-controlled health care for their families?

By Katy Grimes, January 31, 2022 10:27 am

With Monday’s legislative deadline for Assembly Bill 1400, California’s proposed Single Payer state-controlled health care, the Assembly will decide to pass it or kill it.

Predictably, progressive activists have ramped up the threats on lawmakers. As Fox 40 reported last week, “Progressives threaten to pull endorsements from California lawmakers who reject single-payer health care bill.”

But it’s far worse than that headline.

Assembly Democrats are already divided, with moderates opposed to state-controlled healthcare. But the far left is singing another tune. “Progressive Caucus Chairman and California Democratic Party Executive Board Member Amar Shergill confirmed Thursday the group will take steps to make sure members who vote ‘no’ on the legislation will not be endorsed by the California Democratic Party for the upcoming election,” Fox 40 reported.

“No endorsement from the party could mean a major lack of activism, support and funding for those seeking reelection.”

The Globe was told by a Capitol insider Democrat lawmakers are growing worried over the threats coming from the left.

“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.

Their desperation is showing.

As the Globe reported earlier this month, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11 was introduced in the California Legislature to enact significant tax increases to fund universal single-payer health care coverage in California.

Single payer is a universal state-run healthcare system financed by taxpayers, that covers the costs of healthcare for all residents by a single public system.

Assembly Bill 1400 was introduced simultaneously with ACA 11, 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, but not without some strong debate and some would say, rule breaking, or at least blurred lines enough to be a highly dubious passage.

Democrats are trying to ram this bill through, by any means necessary.

The Tax Foundation reports “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.”

Previous statewide single payer healthcare proposals elicited estimates of more than $400 billion to implement. The entire 2022-23 state budget proposal is $286 billion.

“The top marginal rate on wage income would soar to 18.05 percent—nationally, the median top marginal rate is 5.3 percent—and the state would adopt a new 2.3 percent gross receipts tax (GRT), at a rate more than three times that of the country’s highest current pure GRT,” the Tax Foundation reported.

California residents can’t afford the $12,250 tax increase per household, nor can the state even support a health care system larger than the state budget.  The DMV can’t keep up with drivers license renewals and vehicle registrations. The EDD is still burdened by the $31 billion in fraud payments.

There will be reliable Democrat Party lawmakers who support the bill, despite what constituents want. But many of the lawmakers will channel their inner Sen. Kirsten Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin, rebuffing the threats, refusing to be bullied.

And really, do lawmakers even want state-controlled health care for their families? I think not.

The Globe will follow up on this vote.

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9 thoughts on “Will Assembly Democrats Capitulate to Bullying from the Left and Pass State-Controlled Health Care?

  1. Do Democrats in the California Legislature have allies among them with intestinal fortitude the likes of Sinema and Manchin to kill this bill? We are waiting with bated breath…..or at least I am.

  2. Democrat legislators who do the right thing here and vote against this insane bill may very well find themselves with new sectors of strong support from sensible Californians of all parties, thus overwhelming the blackmail threats of support withdrawal they are receiving from the scoundrel leftist special interests. And they don’t want this system anyway, do they? —- which they will suffer under just as much as CA residents, unaffordable taxes aside. Can’t promise you exemption from EVERYTHING the rabble has to endure can they? Even with the possible hope of exemption, good luck finding a doctor who knows what he/she is doing! Good luck with that hospital stay for emergency surgery! Angel nurses will skedaddle —- or be run out of this state SO FAST it will make your head spin if this should move forward. The state can’t run a children’s party, why would you let them run THIS, for heaven’s sake?

    1. “And really, do lawmakers even want state-controlled health care for their families? I think not.”. They will exempt themselves and their families – just like Congress did with Ovomitcare.

  3. It would definitely be worthwhile to contact your Assembly member TODAY to let them know of your strong opposition to this bill and to urge them to vote NO on it. We are their constituents, let’s let them know where we stand, for crying out loud. Call or at least leave a comment in their contact box. Something short and to the point; no need to write War and Peace or argue extensively. Just something that can be counted as opposition to AB 1400. Find your rep and the contact info here:
    https://www.assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers
    Here is a sample:
    “I am writing to you this morning to register my strong opposition to AB 1400 and, as your constituent, to urge you to vote NO on this bill.
    Thank you for your attention.”

  4. It’s time that California’s taxpayers awaken from their slumber and stop leftist Democrats who are trying to ram this ridiculous bill through by any means necessary?

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