Kudos to New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon for definitively summing up the progressive approach to fiscal sobriety.
Here is what Nixon said about bringing single-payer health insurance to New York:
Nixon recently told the New York Daily News editorial board she did not yet have a plan to pay for single-payer.
“Pass it and then figure out how to fund it,” Nixon said.
If single-payer health insurance were to pass, Ms. Nixon would have a whole lot of figuring out to do:
The proposed New York Health Act (NYHA), which would establish universal health care for everyone in the state, including undocumented immigrants, would require the state’s tax revenue to increase by about 156 percent by 2022, according to a study by the RAND Corp. But it also found state spending on total health care under NYHA would be slightly lower – about 3 percent – by 2031 than under the current system.
It is hard to surpass the willful irresponsibility of Nancy Pelosi's "pass it to find out what's in it" admonition regarding the Affordable Care Act (which turned out to be not-so-affordable), but Cynthia Nixon has just pulled it off.
It also sums up one theory of governance: We want this so you'll just have to hush up and fork over, taxpayers.