Friday, July 7, 2017
California’s Far Left Wants Single-Payer Health Care so Badly They’ll Eat Their Own to Get It
The following article appeared in the Independent Journal Review on July 4th
By Stephen Kruiser
Here in California, the Democrats have a super-majority in Sacramento — and even that isn't good enough for them anymore.
While fleeing as far to the left as it can before running into a wall of financial insolvency, the far left in the state is trying to turn it into Venezuela North.
Many California progressives want to spend $400 billion that the state doesn't have on bringing single-payer health care here.
Contrary to appearances from the outside, there are still a few sane Democrats in the state who aren't closing their eyes to the looming unfunded pension liability nightmare.
That doesn't please the progressive left, especially those in Big Labor who support single-payer.
In California, the far left is going after moderate Democrats with a vengeance. Using tactics usually reserved for Republicans, the nurses' union, which is the most vocal proponent of California's single payer bill, is calling for protests against Democratic members of the Assembly. The situation has become so ugly, with reports of death threats, that the entire Democratic Assembly caucus signed a letter asking single payer proponents to stop acting like violent bullies.
The letter reads in part, “we have become alarmed and disheartened by bullying tactics, threats of violence, and death threats by a few who disagree with the decision of Speaker Anthony Rendon to postpone the advancement of SB 562.” After referring to school bullies and the 2016 campaign, the letter continues, “These are tactics that we all abhor. Let us not become the persons that we detest.” In context, the Democrats in the California Assembly are clearly implying the far-left is acting a lot like candidate Trump.
Here is what RoseAnn DeMoro — the executive director of National Nurses United — thinks of House Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's part in this battle:
Keep in mind that Rendon is a very liberal Democrat from Los Angeles County. It's not as if he represents some rural Dems in the state.
But he isn't far enough left for the nurses' union.
HotAir says the union isn't letting up:
Despite the death threats, the union isn't toning it down. In fact, the tone of the attacks on CA Democrats is almost identical to attacks on Republicans for their attempts to repeal Obamacare, i.e. our opponents want people to suffer and die!
California is so large that it probably has some built-in buffers that will keep it from the same fate as Illinois for longer than it really should.
The progressives in the state seem to be determined to test that theory.