California Senate backs government-funded health care bill

Trial attorney, Harry Lehmann, Esq. says, "With 110 cities opposing SB.649, the State of California can expect a Constitutional battle". Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the bill's co-sponsor, primarily referring to its lack of a financing mechanism. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, citing the state's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.

The bill also takes many steps to ensure Californians across the state are participating in the clean energy economy and have access to this program.

Some 56% of the state's residents now have coverage through an employer. "Yet... the state is failing to sustain the current government-funded system, Medi-Cal, that only serves 14 million people".

Strela Cervas, co-director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance, said the proposed law would move California away from fossil fuels that that have a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged communities and communities of color. The Senate Appropriations Committee staff said it could come from a 15 percent hike in the state payroll tax, essentially doubling it. It must clear the more moderate Assembly and secure the signature of Democratic Gov.

"I can't think of a more effective way to cripple the state financially than to charge ahead with what seems to be a reckless plan", said Sen.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, conceded that the bill - facing a Friday deadline for clearing the Senate - was "not cooked".

The state shouldn't do business with companies that work on the project, which is harmful to immigrant families and the environment, said Sen.

Not so. The movement for single payer is for real, and it's winning in California.

Berryhill also said he doesn't trust the government "to run our health system". Aetna will leave. HealthNet will leave. For instance, consumers will no longer subsidize lavish salaries for hospital CEOs and excessive profits because reimbursements will be tied to "efficiently providing health care services". "So much for freedom of choice". Bill Dodd has been using one excuse after another saying why he can not vote "yes" on this bill.

"Local governments that rezone more densely near transit with a certain level of affordability, that complete an environmental impact report, will receive an incentive payment from the state", says Chiu. The voters will ultimately have to have a final say on any plan of this scope because it conflicts with existing provisions in the [state's] constitution. The debate in Washington is so cruel and unusual that it is easy to imagine that the cause of single payer must be doomed in America.

The California legislature passed bills yesterday created to ratchet up construction to ease the state's affordable housing shortage. "I don't know what I'm voting on". "That's another issue unto itself", he said.

The California legislation, Senate Bill 562, requires that payments to providers be made on a "fee-for-service basis unless and until another payment methodology is established by the [Healthy California] board", according to the bill. "California senators have sent an unmistakable message today to every Californian and people across the nation".

Even if the bill passes the Assembly, it will still need Governor Brown's approval, who has been skeptical of the bill and its cost.

  • Larry Hoffman