California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the frontrunner to succeed Jerry Brown as Governor next year, is running on single-payer, which shows the idea is going mainstream. At the state Democratic convention last weekend, protesters shouted down speakers who dared to ask about paying for it. The state Senate Appropriations Committee passed a single-payer bill this week, and it has a fair chance of getting to Mr. Brown’s desk.
The bill reflects the left’s Platonic ideal, with the promise of free care for everyone for everything. Patients would be entitled to an essentially unlimited list of benefits including acupuncture and chiropractic care as well as “all medical care determined to be medically appropriate by the member’s health care provider.” They could see any specialist without a referral. Co-pays and deductibles and charging premiums would be prohibited.
There would thus be no restraint on health-care utilization and costs. Patients could get treated for virtually any malady by any physician at no cost. This is probably what kids educated at California’s pre-eminent universities envision when politicians and professors promote single-payer: an efficient, free, munificent socialist paradise.
California’s experimentation with sex, drugs, entertainment, then tech, then socialism and, inevitably, self-destruction.