Don’t jump on the single-payer bandwagon just yet – we can’t afford it! | An alternative view | Diana Diamond

Throw away those Medicare and MediCal cards – they’ll be invalid. Forget paying your monthly health premiums – you will no longer be charged for such insurance. Never worry about co-payments and deductibles. They disappear.

Yes, welcome to Cal Care, a new single-payer health care system being debated (sort of) by California officials that, if passed, will completely change the health care system for all Californians within years. future.

At first glance, it looks wonderful. But beware of nasty details. What you now see as a happy rosy future could, well, darken and end up ruining this state.

First, the positives of the proposed single-payer healthcare system for Californians:

If passed by this state, all of us, rich and poor, will get all medical services from CalCare.

All primary care, doctor visits, routine check-ups, preventive care, hospital services and stays, all prescription medications, mental health and addiction treatment, laboratory and diagnostic work, maternity care, outpatient services will be provided.

But wait, as they say, there’s even more. Dental, hearing and vision coverage will be provided by CalCare. We can choose our own doctors, hospitals and other providers, in any network. No bonuses or co-payments. The Golden State will have you covered even in your golden years.

The list, to me, looks like a huge bundle of healthcare goodies that CalCare will provide.

And the negatives?

Well, you won’t be covered by Medicare anymore. Or MediCal. The state would have to convince the feds to give us back the Medicare money they pay for us — or the state will have to bear the full cost. And he will have to coordinate all the doctors, hospitals, clinics, health facilities and others to make sure they will accept CalCare.

The biggest issue, as in really BIG, is the cost – I saw estimates early on at $163 billion a year, but this week LA columnist George Skelton said staffing estimates were in the range now between $314 billion and $391 billion a year. EVERY YEAR.

Governor Gavin Newsom has just presented a budget of $286 billion for the coming year – without any single-payer provision.

So where does the $314 billion (+/-) for CalCare come from?

Think about it.

It didn’t take long, it’s done. Yes, YOU and ME, the taxpayers, have to cough up the dough. And how will we be asked to pay for it? Huge state tax hikes — largest in history, lawmaker says.

Some health care experts suggest that our annual national taxes will need to triple or quadruple to cover the costs of the single payment. In addition, social charges will increase sharply.

So we get free medical care, prescriptions, hospital stays in exchange for lots of money to pay not just for us, but for everyone.

Some say Europe made government pay for health care, and it works well now. That’s true, but it took these countries about 50 years to fine-tune the system. In Denmark, middle-class individuals are now taxed somewhere near the 50% level. Also, Europe doesn’t have the spiraling prescription drug costs we see in the US.

The Sacramento State Legislature considered the single-payer concept this month and, as Skelton reported, a rushed version of that bill (AB 1400) was submitted to the State Appropriations Committee. ‘Assembly. Without any discussion (!), it was approved on party lines 11-3. No analysis of the financial suitability of a single payer.

Maybe our legislators don’t like to bother their pretty heads over details like that. The Assembly has a January 31 deadline to send the bill to the Senate. If it succeeds, and it may not, we will see if the Senate is better than the Assembly at scrutinizing future spending.

This is all scary to me – scary that such an omnibus bill that proposes to pay everyone’s health care bills for years to come is even being considered without much more study (e.g. do the poor pay anything, including higher taxes?), and frightening that our legislature is so cavalier about ramming through such legislation.

It probably won’t be voted on this year, because it’s an election year, but next year watch out!

If I remember correctly, Governor Newsom proposed this plan late last year, but has now remained silent about it. Maybe he realizes he may be creating a monster.

I have several Liberal friends who, upon hearing that, said, “Yeah, that’s great. We need a single payer in California.

Now that you know a little more, do we really know? In principle, yes, but it is not financially feasible.

Do you think Sacramento is capable of embracing such a massive program affecting all of our health care costs?

I do not.

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