The fact that some of the far left is completely deranged is beginning to penetrate through to those on the left not quite as barking mad. A case in point is a letter sent out by the Democrats in the California State Assembly. Democrats in the California State Senate bill passed a bill calling for a state single payer health care system. However, the bill did not provide any mechanism to fund it. Estimates are that it would cost at least 200 billion a year, assuming that other state and federal health care funding in California could be tapped for the new system. This would require doubling California’s state taxes. Unsurprisingly the powers that be among the Democrats in the Assembly quietly tabled this lunatic proposal. However, this did not well with the denizens of the fever swamp left, who started to make threats, usually reserved for Republican targets, including death threats. This so unnerved the Democrats in the Assembly that they jointly sent out the following letter:
In recent days, we have become alarmed and disheartened by bullying tactics, threats of violence, and death threats by a few who disagree with the decision of Speaker Anthony Rendon to postpone the advancement of SB 562. While it is appropriate for persons of varying views to express concern, disapproval or disfavor about the delay, it is never acceptable to engage in those tactics. That is not how we make decisions in the Assembly. In a civil society, this behavior can neither be condoned nor tolerated.
We have seen the impact of bullying in schools and now in the political arena. We have written numerous bills to prevent persons in school and the workplace from being harassed and bullied. That is not the type of culture we believe allows for open discourse and good decision making. The political campaign of 2016 was filled with verbal attacks and even calls for violence. These are tactics that we all abhor. Let us not become the persons that we detest.
For the past few years, California has embraced the Affordable Care Act with the intent of providing healthcare for all Californians. While we have not reached our goal, we are moving in that direction. There are many ways of achieving the goal of healthcare for all. Included in that list is a single-payer option, an idea that is embraced by many in the Assembly.