Health-insurance companies are parasites. Most people understand this, and so do Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon and Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula.
Which begs the question: Why has Rendon shelved the Healthy California Act, a single-payer bill which excludes insurance companies, and why have Arambula and a handful of others allowed themselves to be bullied by Rendon into going along with obstruction of this legislation?
The good news is that the actions of these legislators present only a temporary setback to single-payer health care, because it is going to happen eventually. When it does, Californians will find themselves relieved of the burden of premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and denials of care.
They will pay for health care in vastly less burdensome ways and without 20-30 percent of their health care dollars going to insurance-generated overhead. Then they will be asking, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”
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Meanwhile, let's not be fooled by the sham “select committee” hearings coming up. Those will be geared to keeping insurance companies in the picture, with single-payer left unmentioned.
Rendon, Arambula, and others in the Legislature, do the right thing and stop this shameful delay! Single-payer's time has come.
Kathleen Miles, Fresno