Jay Chen’s Plan for California’s Working Class Families: Double Their Taxes

Steel opposes single payer plan that will double taxes and crush working class

Garden Grove, CA – If Jay Chen has his way, California will enact a Bernie Sanders-style single-payer health care system which the nonpartisan Tax Foundation says will increase taxes $12,250 per household, doubling the state’s already sky-high collections. 

“Jay Chen’s top priority is doubling taxes on California’s working class in order to institute a socialist-style takeover of our healthcare system,” said Michelle Steel Spokesperson Lance Trover. “If doubling taxes is what he supports now, just imagine what he will do when he gets to Congress.”

According to the Tax Foundation, Chen’s plan would increase taxes on working families and small businesses throughout California:  

The new taxes would take three forms:

  1. Surtaxes atop the current individual income tax structure beginning at $149,509 in income;
  2. A graduated-rate payroll tax system with the top rate kicking in for employees with more than $49,990 in annual income; and
  3. A gross receipts tax of 2.3 percent, excluding the first $2 million of business income.

Chen outlines his support for the massive tax hiking agenda on his campaign website where he proudly proclaims, “I became a delegate for Bernie Sanders in 2016 because I believed in his vision of a single-payer national health care program.”

As a member of Congress and previously as a board member of CalOptima, Michelle Steel has fought for increased access to healthcare while protecting taxpayers. Steel’s efforts on the California Board of Equalization to return hundreds of millions of dollars to Orange County families earned her the nickname of “tax fighter” and she has carried that legacy into Congress. 

“Jay Chen’s plan to double taxes on working class families and small businesses would be devastating for California,” added Trover.


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