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Things Are Moving in California

Things Are Moving in California

July 15, 2007

Check out the 7/1/07 post on the California Health Access Blog for details on the emerging health access package in the CA legislature. Favorite line: ardent single payer supporter, Sen. Sheila Kuehl, speaking at the hearing:

Sen. Sheila Kuehl joked that she didn’t like AB8 as much as she liked her own bill, SB840, and she thanked Speaker Nunez’s strong support of her proposal. That said, Kuehl acknowledged that in her role as Health Committee Chair, “my responsibility is ‘in the realm of the possible and in the realm of the present.’”

And one other note of interest:

Kuehl urged that in negotiations with the Governor, to include the concept of “affordability.” She pointed out that Massachusetts did exempt individuals from a requirement to get coverage if that coverage wasn’t “affordable.”

If California can get its act together and pass major health access legislation, it is impossible to exaggerate how important that will be.