The California Senate recently passed a universal health care plan. However, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon has put the bill on hold indefinitely. The plan was sponsored by the California Nurses Association.
|Rendon complained that the $400 billion plan was woefully incomplete. Rendon said:|
“Even senators who voted for SB 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 Trump administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation. In light of this, I have decided SB 562 will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice.”
Senate passage of a single-payer healthcare bill, in which the state would pay all medical costs for Californians, was simply irresponsible. The Senate’s own analysis pegged the annual price tag at an astronomical $400 billion. How does the Legislature expect to finance a California-only single-payer system? The Senate dodged that question. It sent the Assembly a bill without a funding plan. The Democrats’ main goal, it seemed, was to appease the legislation’s primary advocate: the politically potent California Nurses Assn.Apparently the system that does away with premiums and insures everyone is in the interests of nurses only not patients. The paper doesn't appear to notice that the health insurance companies could be termed special interests opposing the bill. Nor does the paper look into the connections of Rendon who stopped the bill form going forward with special interests opposed to the bill, that is not the sort of investigative journalism the LA Times is interested in any more it would seem. A recent long article in the LA Magazine discusses problems with the LA TImes,.