... you don't live in California.
It has largely flown under the radar, but we have it on good word that California's own single-payer/universal healthcare plan SB 810, sponsored by Bay Area Democrat (natch) Mark Leno failed to make it to the Senate floor a couple of days back for a straight up or down vote. So it's dead... for now. Or at least as dead as any bill that has been floating around Sacramento for the past 6 or 7 years can be.
Dawn Wildman of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition and local tea party lioness was on LaDona Harvey's KOGO AM 600 show on Monday talking about it. It can be downloaded here. Uh, no it can't. Here's where we throw you over to Leslie at Temple of Mut who does have the embedded link.
Some highlights from Dawn, "The Harbinger of Doom" and LaDona:
"The stupidity is only exceeded by the arrogance of this bill."
"... creates 22 new government agencies."
"... $280 billion price tag that we don't have to actually fund this."
"... it's like high-speed rail - it just won't go away and it's going to cost a fortune."
"... at the last minute, anything anybody has ever wanted in healthcare, they threw in to make their special interests happy."
Covers all California residents or those who intend on living in California (ed. note: let the mind run free with the endless possibilities of what that all implies.)
"847 pages of special interests."
(California's universal health care law is intended to cover all the "shortcomings" of ObamaCare in which the President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sold out on in the minds of the hardcore left. It's as if someone gave Leno the keys to the "suck" vault at the bank and left him unsupervised there with his friend for the afternoon.)
(Consider this only a temporary victory as with the Night of the Living Dead politics that is California, this thing will be coming back.)
And in other totally related news... we're (still) out of money:
State lawmakers moved to avoid a cash crunch Tuesday as the controller warned that California could be in the red by early March.
A lag in revenue and higher-than-expected spending mean the state needs to scrape together more than $3 billion to stay in the black and keep a comfortable cash reserve, the controller said.
A legislative committee advanced a bill that would expand the state's ability to borrow from dedicated funds to cover daily expenses, while Gov. Jerry Brown's administration planned to tap universities and take other measures to help plug the gap.
(Incidentally, news of the failure of the healthcare bill was quietly buried in the 10th paragraph of linked article from the L.A. Times, stating only, "In other legislative matters, a bid to create a universal healthcare system in California failed,")
If you think the current fiscal situation sounds like that in which you probably would not want to plunge upwards of