California’s Single-Payer Healthcare System Will Run on Magic

Last month, California State Senator Ricardo Lara (Democrat) introduced a single-payer healthcare system to the state legislature.  Today Mr. Lara has revealed details about how that plan will work.

The plan, currently known as the “Healthy California Act,” will eliminate health insurance competition from the state and force all Californians to have health insurance.  No, this isn’t a joke.

Californians would be required to participate in the public program and insurance companies would be barred from offering coverage for services already included in the the (sic) plan, according to Lara’s office.”

The proposed healthcare plan would be limited in scope, covering only everything.

The Healthy California Act, also known as Senate Bill 562, would cover all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health and nursing home care, according to a press release from Lara’s office.”

By the way, in the month since this plan was first announced no one has said yet how the Healthy California Act will be paid for.  My guess is magic.

To his credit, even Governor Brown isn’t sure how this plan will be paid for.

‘Where do you get the extra money?’ Brown asked in an extended chat with reporters. ‘This is the whole question. I don’t even get … how do you do that?'”

I’ll help you out with this one, Governor:  you don’t.  A healthcare plan to cover everyone in California with every conceivable medical ailment, without free-market competition, is simply impossible.  This plan is based entirely on the hope that it will magically work.

Although maybe it will.  Those who have the means to leave California are doing so in droves.  This magical healthcare plan will only accelerate that process.  By the time the mass exodus from this state is over, there will probably only be a handful of unfortunate residents left for this healthcare plan to cover.

Maybe that has been the plan all along?

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