The left — or “progressive” — wing of California’s Democratic Party has a dream and believes that the state’s political structure is primed to make it reality.
The oft-expressed dream is to transform California into something like Sweden, France or the Netherlands — with an expansive array of cradle-to-the-grave services, a highly unionized green economy and, of course, the high taxes to pay for it.
Vision Clashes with Reality
With huge Democratic majorities in the Legislature and a governor lending verbal support, those on the left believe it’s a unique opportunity to advance the vision.
However the vision clashed with political reality this week as its centerpiece — creating a single-payer health care system to replace the private-public, insurance-based model now in place — stalled out in the Assembly because not enough…