Sacramento Update

California Assembly can’t deliver on universal health care bill

It seems the Republican congress isn’t the only legislative body that is having trouble putting together a functional healthcare plan. In California, free and unlimited healthcare remains but a dream.

This week, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on a sweeping plan to overhaul the health care market in California, calling the bill “woefully incomplete.”

Rendon announced plans to park the bill to create a government-run universal health care system in Assembly Rules Committee “until further notice” and give senators time to fill in holes that the bill does not currently address.

Even senators who voted for Senate Bill 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Federal government and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation,” Rendon said.

Democratic Sens. Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, who introduced the proposal, acknowledged the bill was dead for the year.

The abrupt announcement shields members of the Assembly from having to take a difficult vote that could be used against them by critics or supporters of the policy.

The decision serves a major blow to the California Nurses Association, a vocal supporter of the legislation, and is unlikely to endear Rendon to newly energized activists within his Democratic Party, who greeted him with loud boos at the state convention last month.

“Because this is the first year of a two-year session, this action does not mean SB 562 is dead,” Rendon said. “In fact, it leaves open the exact deep discussion and debate the senators who voted for SB 562 repeatedly said is needed.”

The California Nurses Association, sponsors of the bill, now hate Speaker Rendon, and plan on turning the full force of their fury and rage against him.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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