Gavin Newsom rips ‘defeatist Democrats’ who won’t embrace single-payer

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom appears comfortable with borrowing from Bernie Sanders’ playbook and embracing single-payer health care in his bid to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown in the June open primary and the November general election.

That’s a key takeaway of campaign watchers from the past month of the California gubernatorial campaign. Perhaps the signature moment: Newsom taunting “defeatist Democrats” in a San Diego debate last week – a clear shot at his main Democratic rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang, who both support expanded state health care but are leery of single-payer’s potential cost.

The emergence of the former San Francisco mayor as an outspoken advocate of single-payer amounts to a triumph for the California Nurses Association, the leading champions of Senate Bill 562 – which commits the state to providing health care for all residents without providing key details on how that would be achieved. Despite the lack of details, the bill – known as the Healthy California Act and co-sponsored by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Garden, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego – passed the Senate on a 23-14 vote last June.

But Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, incensed the nurses union later in June when he shelved the bill, declaring it “woefully incomplete.” Rendon cited its failure to identify how it would pay the estimated $400 billion that SB562 would cost per year – more than triple the state’s general fund budget. He also faulted the measure for violating spending limits in the state Constitution and for not making the case on how California would get many needed federal waivers to proceed.

In January, Rendon repeated his criticisms, saying there had been no progress in making SB562 into a serious legislative proposal.

But with polls showing national Democrats consider single-payer health care a high priority, Newsom is eager to take advantage of their enthusiasm. Yet while it may help him in the short term in the run-up to the June primary, it is unclear whether backing SB562 will be popular with the broad electorate in the long term.

A May 2017 poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 65 percent of adults surveyed support single-payer health care – but that the number plunged to 43 percent when those being surveyed were told substantial new taxes would be needed. A follow-up PPIC poll in September found just 32 percent of likely state voters backed single-payer.

Rendon recall bid fails without collecting a single signature

Another sign that single-payer support may have its limits has been the collapse of an effort to recall Rendon that was launched last summer after he blocked the advance of SB562. The bid received national attention after an Associated Press story depicted it as one more sign of how divided California Democrats had become.

But the recall campaign unceremoniously ended in early February, with organizers saying they were now focused on defeating Rendon’s bid for re-election – not on recalling him. To force a recall vote, 23,000 petition signatures would have to be gathered. According to the Los Angeles Times, the most recent official report on the recall campaign filed with the state showed no signatures had been gathered.

Public and private polls for months have generally shown Newsom to be leading Villaraigosa, with Chiang, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin (a Democrat) and Republican candidates Travis Allen, a Huntington Beach assemblyman, and Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox substantially behind them. But the last poll by PPIC, released Feb. 7, showed a statistical dead heat, with Newsom getting 23 percent and Villaraigosa 21 percent – within the poll’s margin of error.


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  1. Dude McCool
    Dude McCool 1 March, 2018, 16:20

    Gavin “Adulterer” Newsom is an empty suit.

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  2. Dude McCool
    Dude McCool 1 March, 2018, 23:09

    Both Newsome and Villaraigosa are socialist bassholes. Stay out of my healthcare and my pockets.

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    • Queeg
      Queeg 5 March, 2018, 17:09


      In Petrograd, Russian Revolution, the street people tore the clothes off the more prosperous. These street thugs put on the stolen clothes and almost immediately other raving revolutionaries killed them for looking, regretfully, prosperous.

      Does history repeat???

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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 2 March, 2018, 09:40


    We go single payer… boss Uly will be moving/opening a rental yard in Arizona!!!!

    Single payer is a cruel hoax.

    Pack and Ship

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    • Ulysses Uhaul
      Ulysses Uhaul 2 March, 2018, 17:30

      You want your own personal physician assistant to the assistant physician certified in the bowels of Sir Lanka?????…….buy into Mr. Newsome single player policies.

      Queeg told me to read this fool article.

      We get gigantic payroll taxes, VAT taxes, soda tax, assorted other sin taxes, audits, recriminations, shaming for being a working producer, tons of more paperwork, health appointment delays.

      Pack and with Uly!

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      • ricky65
        ricky65 4 March, 2018, 08:29

        Things must really be getting bad when party loyalists like Uly are threatening to leave. Perhaps the creeping tentacles of an encroaching Marxist dictatorship are beginning to spook even the most faithful.
        I can see Uly and trusty man slave, Queeg driving the last poorly maintained U-Haul truck out of the rental yard in Hemet with their snarling dobermans in the back. Somewhere out near Quartzite, the front A-frame snaps leaving the pair stranded along the road
        Sadly, they are left to the mercy of marauding Mexican drug cartel members and nothing remains but their bleached bones littering the desert.

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        • Ulysses Uhaul
          Ulysses Uhaul 4 March, 2018, 09:19


          We do our prepper homework….

          Uly will be in Scottsdale area working the snow birds and lonely seniors whining to return to their grandkids living in urban hovels and redneck emptiness.

          Our faithful Vicious and Baby will continue to work the spiffy clean succulent landscaped rental yard, but they will be off limits in our doomer comfort Hacienda where breakfast churros, quesadillas and cowboy coffee rule.

          Queeg will burn his Che tshirt replaced by a tony MAGA red sleeveless to rope in the vulnerable doomer fools. Don’t ya just love fake this and fake that stuff.

          Why is capitalism adaption so easy?

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  4. Dork
    Dork 4 March, 2018, 07:02

    We already have Single Payer in California, it is called Medi-Cal. If these marxist fools are serious, put forth legislation requiring ALL Public Employee’s in the State immediately enroll in California’s Existing Single Payer Health Insurance system, MEDI-CAL!!

    Show us how it works,.

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    • Queeg
      Queeg 4 March, 2018, 08:48

      Comrade Dorked

      They need you…….revenue componet

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    • Sean
      Sean 5 March, 2018, 11:08

      The big problem (opportunity) with single payer is that it will force the government to be honest about costs. California has the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation and the highest enrollment by absolute numbers or percentage. Even Medicare which is the Feds paying, only covers 85% of the costs. The shortfalls are made up from people with private health insurance which is why insurance premiums and deductibles went up for employer provided coverage when Medicaid eligibility doubled under Obamacare. The Medical providers are encouraged by the shenanigans to have high overhead costs and the safest play for insurers is to pay the rates deemed acceptable by the government (but without the discounts the government demands). So insurance gets charged by headcount with allowances made for age. By that logic, a 40 year old employee making $40K per year pays the same for insurance as an executive who makes $200K per year and 15-20% of that is to cover discounts give to patients with government insurance. So with healthcare costing $10k per capita, $2K is going to pay for bills outside you insurance pool and the bills are double the percapita costs of othe industrialized countries to begin with because of the shell game the government creates with payments.

      We’ve arrived at this system through negotiations between special interest groups and the government. Will elimination of one interest group (insurers) lead to a more efficiency and a cost effective healthcare system or will those who provide care, make certain their needs take priority in the negotiations over consumers. I’d put my money on the people who have the most money to lobby.

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      • Queeg
        Queeg 5 March, 2018, 16:58

        Comrade Tome-Smith

        What is this? You only need five lines to inform that destruction of the middle class is easier than it looks!!!!

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  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 4 March, 2018, 09:52

    Newsomes a blabbering pinhead just as much of a idiot as Moonbeam Brown making the State into a Sanctuary State and the entire City Council of Oakland including the Mayor should all be arrested and changed with a cts of Preason as well as giving aid and comfort to the enenmy

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    • Mita
      Mita 4 March, 2018, 10:01

      It is all about taxes they collect, but not understanding what a mess and danger home less gave created. It is a shame though .

      Reply this comment
      • Ulysses Uhaul
        Ulysses Uhaul 5 March, 2018, 17:14

        Don’t blame the homeless. Most residents are loss of one paycheck or welfare check to be in similar circumstances

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  6. Calvin Coolidge
    Calvin Coolidge 5 March, 2018, 14:25

    It will be nice to add Mexico and 50%of Latin America to California’s insured. How will the state cover 259 million people?. You can bet the govt workers won’t be going where Maria from El Salvador takes her17 kids, while she gets pre natal for the twins she is carrying.

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 March, 2018, 16:53

    The posts are boring. Look at Chicago and Baltimore and Detroit and SF. All hell holes with no hope. Your future peeps!

    Pack and ship with us.

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 7 March, 2018, 08:54

    Newsom is your typical empty headed liberal democrat all mouth and no mind

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  9. Bubba
    Bubba 12 March, 2018, 15:25

    If you think health care is expensive now wait til it free?

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Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

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