Single-Payer

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Plan to Expand Medi-Cal is a Costly Step Towards Single-Payer

It’s budget season in Sacramento. Governor Gavin Newsom’s spending proposal is the largest in the Golden State’s history. There’s no shortage of expensive and misguided policies in his budget. Chief among them is his push to expand Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, to cover all undocumented immigrants. Doing so would …

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Stalled in D.C., the Single-Payer Fantasy Makes Its Way to Blue States

Despite the best efforts of progressives such as Senator Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), Medicare for All is off the table in Congress — for now, at least. But that doesn’t mean single-payer health care is dead. Like a zombie, the idea is being revived …

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California Single-Payer Has Gone Up In Flames – For Now. Will Progressives Escape The Firestorm?

On January 31, the campaign for single-payer health care in California suffered its latest defeat. Progressive Democrats in the Assembly were unable to line up enough support for AB 1400, which would’ve launched a state takeover of private health insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. So Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, the bill’s …

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No More Games – Return the Surplus to CA Taxpayers

Last year, I got a kick out of playing CalMatters’ Spend the Surplus Game.  This year, not so much. CalMatters created a clever online game that lets you decide how California should spend its surplus. This year, it’s projected to be $45.7 billion. Of that amount however, I only get …

Health Care

Watch Sally Pipes on “California Insider” – What if California’s Healthcare Becomes the DMV?

Watch PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes discuss the failed California single-payer legislation and what single-payer would mean for California patients on the “California Insider” program.

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Is This Any Way to Pass Sweeping Changes to People’s Health Care?

On Monday, lawmakers will vote on a sweeping change to the state’s health care system, which could dramatically change how every Californian receives health care, and for the worse. According to estimates, the bill would cost at least $356.5 billion per year to implement and would impose a $163 billion …

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Democrats Eye Canada’s Failed Healthcare System – Why?

Democrats in Congress are working to resurrect the Build Back Better Act, their massive social spending proposal that stalled in the Senate last month. To be certain, there’s plenty of disagreement across the party’s moderate and progressive wings. Yet, they’re largely aligned on healthcare. Indeed, Democrats are determined to increase the number …

Health Care

Sally Pipes Talks CA Single Payer Bill on John and Ken Show

Listen to Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy, discuss AB 1400, the California single-payer legislation on the popular “John and Ken Show” on KFI Radio in Southern California.

California

A Better California Doesn’t Require A Big-Government Budget

For most, “budget” means a set amount of money they’re able to spend over a defined period of time, such as the funds available in a household account. To California lawmakers, “budget” holds a different meaning. In their world, it typically defines an opportunity to freely spend a massive harvest …

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Don’t Believe the ‘Medical Bankruptcy’ Narrative

Americans collectively have about $140 billion in outstanding medical debts, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Those hefty bills are driving many people into bankruptcy – at least according to prominent progressives. Left-wing leaders have long stoked fears of “medical bankruptcy” to …

Commentary

Plan to Expand Medi-Cal is a Costly Step Towards Single-Payer

It’s budget season in Sacramento. Governor Gavin Newsom’s spending proposal is the largest in the Golden State’s history. There’s no shortage of expensive and misguided policies in his budget. Chief among them is his push to expand Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, to cover all undocumented immigrants. Doing so would …

Commentary

Stalled in D.C., the Single-Payer Fantasy Makes Its Way to Blue States

Despite the best efforts of progressives such as Senator Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), Medicare for All is off the table in Congress — for now, at least. But that doesn’t mean single-payer health care is dead. Like a zombie, the idea is being revived …

Commentary

California Single-Payer Has Gone Up In Flames – For Now. Will Progressives Escape The Firestorm?

On January 31, the campaign for single-payer health care in California suffered its latest defeat. Progressive Democrats in the Assembly were unable to line up enough support for AB 1400, which would’ve launched a state takeover of private health insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. So Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, the bill’s …

Blog

No More Games – Return the Surplus to CA Taxpayers

Last year, I got a kick out of playing CalMatters’ Spend the Surplus Game.  This year, not so much. CalMatters created a clever online game that lets you decide how California should spend its surplus. This year, it’s projected to be $45.7 billion. Of that amount however, I only get …

Health Care

Watch Sally Pipes on “California Insider” – What if California’s Healthcare Becomes the DMV?

Watch PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes discuss the failed California single-payer legislation and what single-payer would mean for California patients on the “California Insider” program.

Blog

Is This Any Way to Pass Sweeping Changes to People’s Health Care?

On Monday, lawmakers will vote on a sweeping change to the state’s health care system, which could dramatically change how every Californian receives health care, and for the worse. According to estimates, the bill would cost at least $356.5 billion per year to implement and would impose a $163 billion …

Commentary

Democrats Eye Canada’s Failed Healthcare System – Why?

Democrats in Congress are working to resurrect the Build Back Better Act, their massive social spending proposal that stalled in the Senate last month. To be certain, there’s plenty of disagreement across the party’s moderate and progressive wings. Yet, they’re largely aligned on healthcare. Indeed, Democrats are determined to increase the number …

Health Care

Sally Pipes Talks CA Single Payer Bill on John and Ken Show

Listen to Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy, discuss AB 1400, the California single-payer legislation on the popular “John and Ken Show” on KFI Radio in Southern California.

California

A Better California Doesn’t Require A Big-Government Budget

For most, “budget” means a set amount of money they’re able to spend over a defined period of time, such as the funds available in a household account. To California lawmakers, “budget” holds a different meaning. In their world, it typically defines an opportunity to freely spend a massive harvest …

Commentary

Don’t Believe the ‘Medical Bankruptcy’ Narrative

Americans collectively have about $140 billion in outstanding medical debts, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Those hefty bills are driving many people into bankruptcy – at least according to prominent progressives. Left-wing leaders have long stoked fears of “medical bankruptcy” to …

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