Ultra-liberal Trump critic California Gov. Jerry Brown was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to castigate President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans — when not seeking federal disaster assistance — for their continuing efforts at repealing and replacing Obamacare.
While on that mission, Brown inadvertently acknowledged one of Obamacare’s most troubling characteristics. Yes, the man once widely known as Gov. Moonbeam does know something about finance, but perhaps he doesn’t know that he knows.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Brown was accompanied by former Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as he stood on the steps of the Capitol and excoriated Republicans over their proposed replacement plan, which analysts in California fear will hit the state hard economically.
“This is not about health care reform, this is about disease, death and suffering,” declared Brown, before challenging the president:
“Mr. Trump, come down from Trump Tower and walk among the people and see the damage that this latest exercise in raw political power will wreak among the women, the men and the children of this country.”
“This is a dangerous bill,” he added. “It’s written by people who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
Though Brown later admitted that the proposed bill hadn’t even cleared the House yet, much less the Senate, and stated that the worrisome potential budget shortfalls in his state remained “highly speculative,” he nevertheless remained committed to opposing Republican efforts at even rolling back, much less fully repealing, Obamacare.
However, while demanding that Republicans in Congress keep the country on the path to a single-payer health care system, which is what the long-term objective of Obamacare always was, he has rejected efforts within his own state to speed that process along, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Asked about a proposed single-payer universal health care plan working its way through the California legislature, a proposal endorsed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, according to Breitbart, Brown wondered, “Where do you get the extra money? This is the whole question.”
Pointing out that overall medical care costs in California reached a total of nearly $450 billion, or roughly 18 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, Brown stated, “I don’t even get it. How do you do that?”
“You take a problem and say I’m going to solve it by something that’s even a bigger problem, which makes no sense,” he added, according to the Times.
While it pains us somewhat to say this, Gov. Brown is exactly right about California’s proposed universal health care system, which in effect would only take an already large and out-of-control spending issue and turn it into an even bigger and more expensive problem, most likely exacerbating the state’s catastrophic spiraling debt problem.
As for the billions of dollars the state claims it will lose whenever the Republicans finally get around to repealing and replacing Obamacare, some shifting of budgetary priorities by the state could ease some of that impending fiscal pain, which, we might add, is largely of its own making.
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