Counting the True Cost of Government Monopoly Health Care

“You’re going to pay more in taxes. But at the end of the day, the overwhelming majority of people are going to end up paying less for health care because they’re not paying premiums, co-payments and deductibles.” That was Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders at a recent media event. Taxpayers might find it strange that the evangelists of government monopoly health care fail to tabulate the costs of government systems such as Medi-Cal, the Golden State’s health plan for low-income individuals and families. The legislative analyst estimates the costs of funding Medi-Cal at $20.7 billion, but does not break down outlays

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