California rues healthcare minimum wage increase – Pacific Research Institute

California rues healthcare minimum wage increase

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A minimum wage hike for healthcare workers in California was supposed to take effect this Saturday. But over the past week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) and his Democratic allies have worked feverishly on legislation to postpone it.

California Democrats haven’t suddenly become free-market acolytes. They’re worried that the wage increase, which may cost the state $4 billion this year, will sap the Golden State’s budget and force the government to make cuts elsewhere. They hope delaying the new minimum wage until July 1 will buy time for a more permanent solution.

They’d do better to nix the minimum wage hike altogether. It will almost certainly raise prices for insurers and patients and lengthen wait times for care.

Click to read the full article in the Washington Examiner. 

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