Last year, California Democrats introduced A.B. 1400, legislation that would impose a single-payer healthcare system on the state.
Yet as the Washington Examiner noted, Golden State leftist were handed a massive earlier defeat this week when the bill had to be pulled due to lack of support.
GOP lawmakers say public pressure forced Democrats to back down
According to the paper, Republican state Sen. Melissa Melendez expressed incredulity that Democrats would push the measure given how much public opposition it had engendered.
“The people of California were not for it,” insisted, asking, “What Democrats in their right minds would want to bring it forward because they would be crucified?”
The Riverside County lawmaker went on to dismiss Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reaction to the fiasco, saying, “He’s acting like he didn’t know about it — they have been talking about this.”
“It’s not like the first time they’re trying to put forward a single-payer healthcare bill,” she continued, adding, “The governor suggesting he was blindsided by it is laughable.”
Bill included full coverage for illegal aliens
Melendez is not the only Republican to welcome the bill’s failure, as Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley also celebrated its demise.
“There was certainly a sense of relief that we had managed to stop this in its tracks,” Kiley was quoted as saying. “They needed 41 out of 56 Democrats to vote for it.”
Kiley went on to suggest that the death of A.B. 1400 could be a harbinger of things to come, stating, “I think there is a major desire for change in California right now.”
“The fact that they could not corral the votes to pass this bill is a sign of that,” he declared. “People are not looking to continue failed policies and not looking to go in a radical direction. They are looking for sanity to get California back on track.”
For his part, Gov. Newsom distanced himself from efforts to pass the bill, telling Oakland’s Fox 2 News in an interview last month, “I don’t know what they’re doing, I read about it in the newspaper, and it surprised everybody, including myself.”
The Examiner explained that A.B. 1400 was aimed at creating “CalCare,” a program granting “all Californians, including noncitizens, universal healthcare managed by the state.”