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Critic says California Assembly broke transparency law

The Golden State's most ambitious target yet calls for 50% by 2026 60% by 2030 and 100% by 2045. Source Flickr  lindalino The Golden State's most ambitious target yet calls for 50% by 2026 60% by 2030 and 100% by 2045. Source Flickr lindalino
Alfredo Watts | 04 June, 2017, 04:43

According to a report released on Wednesday by the nonpartisan thinktank Public Policy Institute of California, 56 percent of California's likely voters approved of a single-payer healthcare system, but that support fell to 43 percent when asked if they'd support an increase in taxes to fund the system. Californians who legally operate shops selling marijuana, for example, would be shielded from detainment or arrest by state or local police unless they are issued a court order.

Two analyses said the state would need to raise $400 billion a year.

There's also the question of how California single payer would interact with a variety of state and federal health care programs which rely on a mix of private and public actors.

This is a huge move that will affect party hotspots in the state like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco if it passes through the next phase.

Republicans argued forcefully against the bill, questioning its cost and the very idea of a government-run program.

One widely cited says the California single payer system "could produce savings of about 18%" for state residents. Tom Berryhill and John Moorlach, the latter of which likened the legislation to being in a vehicle with "Thelma and Louise". John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa.

"Colleagues, cliff dead ahead", he said.

Right up until that debate began, it wasn't clear this bill would even be brought up.

States have been testing out various insurance market models amid the chaos which has engulfed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, as the conservative House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) makes its way through Congress.

Two-thirds of the Assembly and Senate would have to approve the tax increases required to fund universal health care, though a vote on the taxes would come later, after the initial simple-majority bill is considered this week. Intersectional math says we can pay for everything if we just scream loudly enough. Ben Hueso. "I don't know what I'm voting on". Senators voted 23-16 Thursday to send the bill to the Assembly. And Sen. Steve Glazer, a moderate Democratic from Orinda, called it "premature".

California isn't the only state that could make tax returns a requirement for ballot access.

In a study commissioned by the nursing union, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst suggested a 2.3 percent sales tax and a 2.3 percent gross receipts tax, which would apply to all corporate revenue.

The bill is a response to President Donald Trump, who is the first president in 40 years to not release his tax returns.

"The study notes 36 percent of all insured Californians, 12 million people, remain underinsured - paying for premiums but often unable to access care due to high out of pocket costs - and another 7.5 percent, 2.7 million Californians, remain fully uninsured, even with improvements under the Affordable Care Act", the union said. Democratic State Sen. Bob Hertzberg echoed his fellow democrat's mentality, asserting that the plan was "not cooked".