The price tag on universal health care (for California) is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget

California seems intent on blowing itself up. It’s like it can’t help itself.

I feel for the non Bay Area and LA Californians. The inland part of Cali remains for the most part – sane. It must be tough to see the cities take the state down.

(From The Sacramento Bee)

The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to creating a universal system, proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

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