SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Research Institute President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes today issued the following statement in response to the State Senate’s passage of single-payer health care legislation (Senate Bill 562):
“Lawmakers today voted to move forward a $400 billion-a-year single-payer health care scheme, which would cost more than double the current state budget of $184 billion. As I experienced in my native Canada, a single-payer, government-run monopoly system would condemn sick patients to life-threatening wait times, rationed and low-quality care. Taxpayers and employers alike should beware of the back-breaking tax increases that will surely be proposed to pay for ‘free’ health care. And, it is likely that doctors will flee the state or retire early. The brightest medical graduates will not come to California to set up their practices.”
Pipes has written and debated extensively on single-payer health care proposals in California and across the country. She writes bi-weekly columns for Forbes.com and the Washington Examiner “Beltway Confidential” blog. Her most recent book is The Way Out of Obamacare.
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