Sacramento, Ca — State Assemblyman Tom Berryhill (R) is sounding off against the passage of AB 1X, an overhaul of California´s healthcare system.
By a vote of 46-31, the bill passed through the Assembly on Monday and is now headed to the Senate for debate.
“It is absolutely a government run healthcare system,” says Berryhill. “It will automatically raise taxes for 26 million Californians.”
The new system, which has been praised by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, would require that all Californians have health insurance. It would be funded through a new tax on hospitals, a tobacco tax increase, new federal matching funds and a tax on employers of up to 6.5 percent of their payrolls. Berryhill feels that the tax on employers would put an unfair burden on small businesses, and lead to the loss of jobs statewide.
“It also just boggles my mind that they are planning on about $4-6 billion a year from the federal government,” adds Berryhill.
Berryill feels that that when all is said and done, the federal funding the state would rely on will not be available for California.
“We wasted a lot of taxpayer money going up there (Sacramento) and going through that drill when we are $14 billion upside down,” says Berryhill. “It was just a scheme by Fabian Nunez, in my opinion, to get public opinion more favorable so he can extend term limits, and in my opinion he doesn´t deserve it.”
Nunez (D), the Assembly Speaker, has recently been promoting Proposition 93, a bill that would allow representatives to serve up to 12 years in a single branch of the California legislature. If it is approved by voters on February 5th, Nunez and 33 other sitting lawmakers would be allowed to run for re-election, rather than be forced out of office.
Written by BJ Hansen