Even were it certain, that still would leave a $200 billion nut to be cracked - the equivalent of a 15 percent tax on all of Californians' earned income layered on top of existing income taxes. Until Democrats control the federal government, though, state-level efforts like the ones in NY and California are likely to continue percolating.
The plan would cover all residents of California, including illegal immigrants, and users would not pay any premiums, copays, or deductibles, the Los Angeles Times reported. However, the state would need to raise another $200 billion from tax hikes, according to the analysis.
At Monday's hearing, Nick Louizos, that group's vice president of legislative affairs, disputed comments by Michael Lighty, public policy director for the California Nurses Association, about the percentage of money health insurers now take in for, among other things, administration, marketing and profit.
The major test for any effort to create a single-payer health care system is how to pay for it. California now knows the math it's contending with.
Last month, SB 562 passed the Senate Health Committee on a 5-2 vote.
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One tiny, insignificant detail: there's no way the state can afford this. Even if Lara and backers somehow got this legislation passed, Brown would nearly certainly veto it.
The proposal "will cost employers and taxpayers billions of dollars and result in significant loss of jobs in the state", warns the California Chamber of Commerce. "The impact on employers will be astounding", Nielsen said.
The plan going to the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday could cost Californians more and faces substantial hurdles to enact.
This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. Colorado voters rejected a ballot measure a year ago that would have used payroll taxes to fund a near-universal coverage system.
There's also this analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which shows how support for single-payer health care declines when there is a price tag attached to the idea.