I have no idea if there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of this getting over Arnie’s veto, but it’s damn impressive anyway:
The Democratic-controlled Legislature is on the verge of sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state-run universal health care system, testing him on an issue that voters rate as one of their top concerns in this election year.
On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly made to the bill.
Wow — single-payer health care as an electoral winner. Awesome. Too bad the mealy-mouth Dem Gov. nominee doesn’t support it.
From winner to whiner, here’s a funny response from the Republicans:
“This takes us in the wrong direction,” said Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian, R-Stockton. “This creates a government-run system akin to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Do we want health care taken care of by another bloated bureaucracy?”
Now, can someone explain to me why private-sector bloat and bureaucracy is preferable to public-sector bloat and bureaucracy? And why DMV as the analogy — why not, say, Medicare, which most people rather like?
I suspect that the CA Dems have been bold on this because they know it’s DOA when it hits Schwarzenegger’s desk. But it’s a fine idea, anyway.