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Single Payer Dead in California This Year

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Aired 5/29/09

The state's budget crisis has forced California lawmakers to kill a number of health-related bills for the year. One of the measures would have created a single payer healthcare system.

— The state's budget crisis has forced California lawmakers to kill a number of health-related bills for the year. One of the measures would have created a single payer healthcare system.

The single payer bill would have created one state agency to provide healthcare to all Californians. Supporters say the measure would have saved the state billions of dollars a year, by eliminating insurance company overhead.

State lawmakers say California can't afford to make that transition this year.

Sylvia Hampton is with the League of Women Voters of San Diego County. She says the idea is not dead.

"We will bring single payer back, and it will pass, like it did twice before," Hampton says. "But the next time, our hope is that it will not be vetoed by the governor."

Another health-related bill that's been shelved would have required all employers to provide paid sick leave.

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Avatar for user 'Brittanicus'

Brittanicus | May 29, 2009 at 5:19 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

The major cause--ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION COSTS.
Americans will soon be overwhelmed by a new push for a path to citizenship or AMNESTY. It is an ever relentless effort by corporate execs, open border crazies and free traders to saturate our nation with even more cheap working laborers. Not only will it lower wages at already new lows, but non-skilled Americans will be in direct competition of newcomers stealing their already elusive jobs. Any new form of AMNESTY will cause even more people to rush the border, looking for a free handout from taxpayers. It was also start the next waves of chain migration of family members, sponsored by those legalized will come here. It will be a nationwide catastrophe on the Social welfare safety-net of Americans. California's looming budget doom from its pandering to the illegal alien occupation, may just be the tip of the iceburg as other states start to audit the books?

Rep. Phil Gingrey's H.R. 878 will End Chain Migration, which has 25 co-sponsors. We also have Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 2305 that will End Visa Lottery and has 31 co-sponsors. Next in line is Rep. Nathan Deal's H.R. 1868 End Birthright Citizenship by foreign mothers, that has 47 co-sponsors. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's H.R. 2406 Local Enforcement, such as 247(g) has 29 sponsors and lastly Rep. Heath Shuler's SAVE Act (E-Verify). This law will make E-Verify mandatory and has not gained political momentum yet. Without these deterrents our country will be overrun with cheap labor, that taxpayers will have even more money extorted from the pay packet to support the millions already here and the hordes that will follow. Call your Senator or Congressman to sponsor any of these new laws. Find out more at NUMBERSUSA. Also watch Chuck Baldwins Immigration videos at http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/baldwin/090529 He said, "Without a doubt, illegal immigration is one of this country's most serious problems. The toll exacted by illegals is incalculable."

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Sylvia | May 29, 2009 at 11:24 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually, over a million Americans are going across the border to Mexico every year to get health care and dentistry because they cannot afford the high cost of care and insurance here. See the story in the San Diego Union-Tribune:
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/26/bn26border-mexico-medicine/?health&zIndex=105902

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