Skip to comments.Nursesí Union Leads Push for Health Care Socialism in California
Posted on 06/19/2017 3:11:15 PM PDT by jazusamo
There are few things quite as expensive as free health care. And the nations most populous state may be about to find out the hard way. On June 1, the California Senate voted 23-14 in favor of a bill, the Healthy California Act (SB 562), to authorize the state to act as a single payer in place of insurance carriers in negotiating prices with doctors, hospitals and other providers. The measure covers all residents regardless of financial ability or immigration status. Annual costs may reach $400 billion and thats just for starters. As existing Medicare and Medicare funds will pay for around half of that, new business taxes are the most likely candidate to cover the rest. Its fitting that this prescription for economic disaster and population replacement is being driven by a union, the California Nurses Association.
National Legal and Policy Center has taken note of the central role played by organized labor in advancing the Lefts long-term goal of socialization of health care costs. Back during 2009-10, unions and their principal federation, the AFL-CIO, vigorously lobbied on behalf of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) legislation then before Congress. Aided by eleventh-hour backroom dealing, they secured passage, conveniently exempting themselves from certain mandates. The Obamacare law, which farms out non-employer health care plans to state-established exchanges and imposes costly mandates on individuals and employers alike, wasnt the preferred route of labor officials. They wanted a Canadian- or British-style system in which a central entity i.e., the federal government would establish price structures and ranges of eligible services. But the law was a huge step in that direction. Thats why unions and their allies have blocked every effort by Congress to repeal it while they work for something stronger like in California.
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I won't be surprised if the liberal politicians and Moonbeam Brown pass it, this shows what leftists, unions and support for illegal aliens can do to capitalism.
I wonder what makes Calif think that the feds (trump) is going to let Medicare and Medicaid money go into this single payer plan?
I live in California and if they to away with Proposition 15 and go to single payer healthcare I am out of here. We are looking at the Prescott AZ area.
just wait until the California government tells those nurses they are not allowed to quit or strike.
We left California years ago and with each year that passes I’m happier we did, have a retired friend in Prescott and he loves it.
I too left Calif in 2015 and happily fled to NH because - democRats.
I don’t want to leave California but if this passes we’ll have to. It will be the last straw. I’m just not willing to pay 15% more in taxes. We are finishing up the updating on our house now so we’ll be ready to move if we have to. I want it to sell fast.
This is bad. Real bad.
Maybe no one explained that socialism is evil?
Make the nurses pay 90% of their income in the form of state income taxes.
Watch their support for this insanity dwindle.
Let me know when the Docs come out for free health care...
Don’t bet on it. Union representation will be near the top of the list ...
There’s a lot of foreign born nurses working in west coast cities but that’s cause you can pay them bottom dollar when they start.
The leadership of nurse’s unions tends to be grumpy old white liberal women (imagine Hillary in scrubs).
Put those two demographics together and you get support for single payer. The bottom line is they’re both too dumb to know where their bread is buttered.
What unionize teaching has been to socialized schools, unionized nursing will be to socialized medicine...
So there is no question that the rest of us will have to pay for California's socialized medicine. We are already apparently paying for over a third of California's government expenses, what's a couple of hundred billion more? California will find the money in non Californian pockets.
Exactly...Every dime of federal subsidies should be cut off, let them fund their own socialism.
Their proposed 15% employee business tax would double or more and businesses wouldn’t be able to relocate out of state fast enough.
I’ve always respected nurses, and have defended them. We are all on the same team. That said, there are those activist nurses who think they are ‘THE’ patient advocates - sometimes against physicians, and seek power to dictate the course of health care delivery. They aren’t getting up in the middle of the night to answer calls, aren’t the ones deciding definitively, when to continue and when to allow someone to die with dignity - and living with those decisions, they don’t face the same malpractice risks, and absolutely do not train as long as physicians, but they want to dictate the course of medicine. This is arrogance, and they will hurt patients - irrespective of their intent.
They just want to get paid first.
“They just want to get paid first.”
Florence Nightingale would not approve.
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