Assembly approves universal health care Passage of bill seen as election-year test for Schwarzenegger
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 7:42 am by HL
Assembly approves universal health care
Passage of bill seen as election-year test for Schwarzenegger
The Democratic-controlled Legislature is on the verge of sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state-run universal health care system, testing him on an issue that voters rate as one of their top concerns in this election year.
On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly made to the bill.
Schwarzenegger has said he opposes a single-payer plan like the one Kuehl’s bill would create, but the governor has not offered his own alternatives for fixing the state’s health care system. As many as 7 million people are uninsured in the state, and spiraling costs have put pressure on business and consumers.
This is a win-win situation for California: Either we get Universal Health Care, or we get rid of Ahhhnold. People won’t be happy if he makes this not happen. It will not be good for the republican plan. Take away everyones health insurance (except the rich of course), then the first time they get sick they go into huge debt. Of course they can’t declare bankruptcy anymore so what happens? There goes the house, (if they were lucky enough to afford one in the first place.) Now you are sick and homeless, you can’t get the care you need. You die broke, they laugh all the way to the bank with your house.