Senator Gaines Votes Against Single-Payer Healthcare Bill

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today issued the following statement regarding his vote against Senate Bill 562, the “California Healthcare for All Act” that proposes a single-payer healthcare system.

“Are you ready for California to double your taxes? What about triple or quadruple them? SB 562 will push tax rates up beyond imagination, making us tax serfs to the state, and driving hundreds of thousands of jobs out of California.

“A recent analysis by the California Senate Appropriations Committee estimated that SB 562 would cost California taxpayers $400 billion. To put it in context, this year’s entire general fund state spending – including roads, schools, universities, prisons and more – is estimated around $124 billion.

“In a highly-taxed state that just recovered from years of massive deficits and still teeters on the edge of fiscal ruin, where is this additional taxpayer money supposed to come from? Four hundred billion is more than $10,000 a year from every man, woman and child in the state. Do most California families have that kind of money laying around?

“This bill also forces citizens to pay for the healthcare – without limit – of anyone from anywhere in the world who comes to our state, whether they are here legally or not. California, already the king of the tax dollar giveaway, would become the hot new destination for people everywhere  seeking care, driving the costs even higher.

“Our state currently  suffers from a shortage of healthcare providers, particularly in rural areas of my Senate District. This would only be intensified by the provider rate caps in the bill. Single-payer systems are also prone to deadly wait times since they ration care to reduce costs.

“Remaking the entire healthcare system is a terrible idea if the reform is going to make healthcare less accessible, slower and wildly more expensive. I voted against SB 562 because it is an ill-advised plan with unpayable costs that would make California taxpayers sick.”