One thing is clear from the Healthcare Summit at the Blair House today: the President Congressional Democrats are more committed than ever to forcing their healthcare takeover on a resistant citizenry. The latest iteration of the monstrous healthcare legislation contains much of the same budget gimmickry, tax increases and government control as previous versions. Just when Americans thought they had killed Obamacare, it came roaring back to life, and with an even fiercer determination to live.
But the healthcare battle isn’t just raging in Washington, D.C. California’s State Senate recently passed SB 810, the newest version of universal healthcare to be debated in the state’s legislature.
For good or bad, California has long been a leader in progressive government policy. One of the largest states in the union, its economy is the size of a small country itself. Laws and policies in California govern 37 million Americans. So it’s no wonder that many of the ideas tried on the Left Coast make their way east to Washington, D.C. It can be either a curse or a blessing, but what happens in California doesn’t stay in California.
For the past five years, the Assembly and Senate have introduced, debated and sometimes passed some form of universal healthcare legislation. Two years ago director Michael Moore even visited the state capitol to testify in favor of that year’s version of socialized medicine. But every year the healthcare bill has been passed by the legislature, the governor has prudently vetoed it.
The California legislature’s passage of socialized medicine in a year where the issue is wildly unpopular nationwide shows just how out of touch California’s elected officials have become. A recent Rasmussen poll on the national healthcare reform bill showed 58% of Americans oppose the plan. And Americans, unlike their representatives, understand the right priorities for the nation right now; the Rasmussen poll also found that 61% of Americans want Congress to drop the healthcare issue and focus on jobs and the economy.
California’s economic problems are even worse than the rest of the nation. Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded the state’s credit rating to an A-, the lowest of any state in the country. The unemployment rate in California now tops 12%, not including those who have stopped looking for jobs, which could raise the rate to as high as 20%.