California State Government Not Skilled Enough To Handle Health Care – San Bernardino Sun

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The California state government fails to competently distribute unemployment benefits.

What makes someone think they should be trusted to manage health care?

That’s the question Californians need to ask themselves as Sacramento state lawmakers float the idea of ​​establishing a single-payer health care system funded by massive tax increases.

On Jan. 5, a group of state lawmakers, including Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11, which CalTax says amounts to an increase in $163 billion tax.

“This measure would increase the cost of living in California and result in job losses, with no guarantee that the $163 billion in new taxes would benefit anyone,” CalTax President Robert Gutierrez said.

ACA 11 comes a year after Kalra introduced Assembly Bill 1400, California’s so-called Guaranteed Health Care for All Act.

“I can’t wait to hear the Democrats explain how they plan to successfully take over 10%+ of the state’s economy when over the past decade they’ve proven incapable of simple things. like building a railroad, providing clean water, keeping lights on and filling potholes,” said Republican Assembly Leader Marie Waldron of Escondido.

It’s a partisan talking point, sure, but Waldron’s skepticism is well placed.

It would be one thing for the State of California to consider such a large enterprise with a consistent track record of immense success, transparency, and efficiency.

It’s another when the state can’t understand the basics of state government.

Health care, of course, is very important. It is often literally a matter of life or death.

As such, it’s important that Sacramento proceed in an incredibly careful and thoughtful manner.

We are not talking about a ban on plastic straws.

Lawmakers will appreciate their press conferences and exaggerated speeches on the issue. But they must ask themselves if the state is really ready to take on such a heavy task.

Anyone who’s spent time looking at Sacramento’s track record knows one thing for sure: It’s a bridge too far.

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