Andrea Seastrand is an excellent representative of the Republican perspective, and her piece against the proposed California single payer health care bill (SB 562) is on point. Her argument about how expensive health insurance will become once all Californians receive adequate coverage is spot on — we’ve seen time and time again just how expensive public stuff is — schools, parks, the police and fire departments, roads — all so expensive because they are free.
Then there’s the British health care system, obviously one of the worst among industrialized nations since it ranks No. 1 in only 9 out of 12 major health care indicators, like quality, access and efficiency (commonwealthfund.org). The U.S. has the distinction of being the world leader in per capita health care expenses (take that, Brits!).
Finally, it will be a real nightmare to the health insurance CEOs, who will lose their multimillion dollar annual incomes, and see people freed from the dependence on health insurance through their employers.
Michael Costello, San Luis Obispo
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