A California Senate committee that oversees bills that spend state money passed a $400 billion universal health care proposal on Thursday — with no plan of how to pay for it.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Senate Appropriations chairman Senator Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, introduced SB 62 in an effort to overhaul the health insurance market in the state. The bill was approved 5-2 after a nearly three-hour session, opening the door for it to be considered in the Senate next week.
Despite the fact the bill is on its way to the Senate, as with the problem-plagued Obamacare, there is no solution in sight as to how it will be funded.
While the bill has been amended to include verbiage that it cannot be put in force before a funding plan is generated, opponents of the plan say the funding question should have been resolved at the committee level — and even question the sanity of such a bill in the first place.
“Why would you just mindlessly pass that through without more details?” asked Davide Wolfe, legislative director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a taxpayer advocacy group. “The lack of transparency here is stunning.”
“How can we go forward with this bill without a fiscal analysis, a detailed financing plan?” asked Senator Janet Nguyen, a Republican.
The Los Angeles Times reported in April that Lara said a financial study will be conducted in May to determine how it should be funded. However, the month is almost over, and currently, the bill simply states that the plan would be funded by “broad-based revenue.”
The new health care bill — which is more than the entire state budget — would significantly reduce the role of insurance companies and be a single-payer system. The state would pay for all medical, dental and vision services in addition to nursing home and mental health care for all California residents, including illegal immigrants.
California lawmakers don’t know how to pay for universal healthcare. But they advanced the bill anyway https://t.co/Jj0Kd4rp5F
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) May 25, 2017
When it didn’t seem possible for California to sink deeper into the abyss that is liberal ideology, these lawmakers just did. Not only is this newest bill one of the most socialized forms of healthcare reform in America, it’s been approved without any thought given as to how it will be paid for.
It’s stunning and shocking that California lawmakers would pass a bill that exceeds their own state’s entire budget without considering how they might pay for it.
Truly, this is the epitome of the “dog that caught the car” scenario. Hopefully, the bill will be struck down before it’s too late for California taxpayers.
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