California Health Reform Plan Is Dead
Click here for the letter by CA Senate President Don Perata to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabio Nunez throwing in the towel after the Senate Health Committee voted 7-1 against with 3 abstentions. And click here for the Health Access California blog -- the best source of information on CA health access reform.
Condolences and congrats to our friends and allies at Health Access California who acted with principle and integrity throughout the lengthy reform process. We wish, for everyone in California and around the country, that policy and political leaders in California had found a way to bridge differences and make something happen. They had a much, much higher hill to climb than we have had in Massachusetts on our most difficult days. Tough that a plan to cover between 3.5 and 5 million uninsured California's died in a Democratic-controlled Senate.
Those for whom health reform is an all-or-nothing proposition got nothing.