Escondido, CA

Healthcare is costly, never free

$400 billion dollars is the projected cost of a new government run healthcare plan proposed in Sacramento. That is twice the state’s budget! Costing around $22,000 for every employed person in California – that’s a massive new tax to pay for “free” healthcare for all!

Senate Bill 562, by Senator Ricardo Lara (D – Bell Gardens), sets up a single payer plan for everyone living in California, including undocumented immigrants. It bans private health plans and creates a two-tier system: private, fee-for-service care for the wealthy and politically connected, and a taxpayer funded government plan for everyone else.   Interestingly, the bill fails to identify a funding source but hints at a massive payroll tax deduction on working people.  Since not everyone works, the cost per working person will actually be more!   Since it applies to illegal immigrants, — CA would become a worldwide magnet for “free” health care!

Replacing health insurance and premiums, you pay higher taxes — upwards of a 15% payroll tax on workers! A nine-member panel would control all healthcare decisions in the state — creating a new government bureaucracy.

Despite all this, SB 562 passed the Senate floor this week and is headed to the Assembly, where I will see it in Assembly Health committee.

Competition is the best way to keep costs low — not one giant government program!

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.

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