APPLE VALLEY, CA – Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith responded Thursday to recent legislative activity on AB 1400 and ACA 11.

“It is outrageous that this Legislature would move forward with a reckless and untested takeover of California’s healthcare system. California is unequipped to handle the increase in responsibilities that comes with managing nearly 10% of the state’s economy. This fact has become painfully obvious these last two years,” said Assemblyman Smith.

These proposals are estimated to cost California taxpayers $356.5 billion each year and create new taxes on working families and small businesses by creating a government-run healthcare system and eliminating free-market health insurance policies for all Californians – including seniors and working families.

According to a recent study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, single-payer healthcare will increase taxes by $12,250 per household, which essentially doubles California’s already sky-high tax rates for families and small businesses.

AB 1400 has recently passed the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is on its way to the Assembly Floor, where it must pass by January 31st.

If you want to learn more about AB 1400 and ACA 11, you may do so online at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: ad33.asmrc.org.