The letter was featured on the main page of the Chronicle website today!

Regarding “New bill would pressure Newsom to speed up work on single-payer health care” (Politics,, March 21): The “hefty tax increase” mentioned is accurate but widely misunderstood and often used by opponents of the single-payer model of financing universal health care to trick us into thinking that people will be burdened with unaffordable costs.

Gov. Gavin Newson’s Healthy California for All Commission and over 20 other economic studies have shown that a single-payer program can reduce the cost of health care compared with the status quo. According to the commission, failure to carry out the overhaul envisioned by state Sen. Scott Weiner’s SB770 will add around $500 billion to current spending over the next decade.

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