Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Passage of Government-Run Health Care Proposal

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Senator Bates
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SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Senate Bill 562, a government-run health care proposal, passed today in the California State Senate.

Critics have highlighted the failures of SB 562 in several articles published in the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times. According to a Senate analysis, SB 562 would carry a staggering price tag of $400 billion annually and an assumption of a 15% payroll tax on Californians’ paychecks.

“The Senate has voted to give Californians a false promise that is unaffordable and unworkable. It is pure fantasy to think that the state can provide free government-run health care to citizens and undocumented immigrants alike while also cutting overall health care costs. The $400 billion price tag of SB 562 is more than double Governor Brown’s proposed 2017-18 budget of $183 billion. The math of single-payer just doesn’t add up.

“Furthermore, I do not have faith that the same government that is currently struggling to fund basic obligations such as Medi-Cal, education and transportation would fulfill the promise of single-payer. But what single-payer will do is significantly raise taxes on families, force businesses to move to other states and ration care.

“I agree with Governor Brown that you cannot solve a problem by replacing it with a bigger problem. I hope he vetoes SB 562, should it reach his desk,” said Senate Republican Leader Bates.