Fingers: It’s only 400 billion dollars. What’s 400 billion dollars? You’ll find out next on the Enough Already Daily Brief(ly).
Fingers: This is the Enough Already Daily Brief(ly) I’m Fingers Malloy, she’s Tracy L. Connors. California is out of control Tracy.
Tracy: Who didn’t know that?
Fingers: Right? Well, let’s talk about their latest scheme. You have the story.
Tracy: I do. This is from Reason, “On Monday, state lawmakers in Sacramento got their first look at the price tag for the proposal,” the proposal being a state-run single-payer healthcare plan Fingers. Guess what the total was to run this program.
Fingers: I’m guessing 400 billion dollars.
Tracy: You would be correct! Now the entire budget currently for the state of California per year is $180 billion.
Fingers: How do they propose to pay for this?
Tracy: They were going to go with a 15% increase in the state’s payroll tax.
Fingers: No problem! And of course the people that are being hired illegally that are being paid under the table, they won’t be covered will they?
Tracy: Oh yes, they are covering illegals with this. So I don’t know how you can come up with a number, a budget estimate number, when you don’t even know how many people there are because they’re undocumented and therefore uncountable.
Fingers: So 400 billion, which is more than double the budget. It’s going to cover illegals.
Tracy: And nobody has to pay co-pays or out of pocket or anything. It’s totally free!
Fingers: It’s just raining healthcare in California.
Tracy: Yes it is. And California already has the highest personal income tax rate for its citizens. They have nine tax brackets, the highest of which puts you at 13.3%.
Fingers: I hope they do it.
Tracy: They’re not going to. They’re already kinda backing off, and when people get polled on this question and get shown the numbers, their opposition to single-payer healthcare goes to 75%. Before they showed California voters how much it was going to cost, 66% were opposed, and when they showed them how much it was going to cost that jumped to 75%.
Fingers: You be you California, you be you. And that’s the Enough Already Daily Brief(ly) I’m Fingers Malloy, she’s Tracy L. Connors.