Single-Payer Health Care Won't Pass Muster in California or Other States

Not so long ago Democrats would run for cover whenever a colleague proposed a government-run, single-payer health care system. Today, they scramble to out-single-payer other Democrats, even at the state level.
Under a single-payer system, the government pays most if not all health care bills for virtually every resident and taxpayers pay higher taxes to finance it.
While most of the single-payer legislative efforts have been at the federal level – such as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal – some left-leaning states are jumping on the bandwagon.
Vermont became the first state to pass such legislation in 2011. Gov. Peter Shumlin proudly boasted at the time that it would cover all 620,000 Vermonters. But the governor abandoned the effort claiming that the needed tax increases were too large.
And then there’s California.
California Healthline reports that donations are pouring into the governor’s race, where both Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic lieutenant governor, and John

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