Last night, I got some good news and some not-so-good news from Sacramento. The good news is that the Assembly and Senate passed AB 8, the bill that would actually make health care more accessible and affordable for more Californians. The bad news is that Arnold the Governator wants to veto it already. Oh yes, and our one good Democratic Senator, Lou Correa, joined all the Senate Republicans and Sheila Kuehl (HUH??!!) in voting against good health care reform. Grrr, this is frustrating.
We know how important it is to work for universal health care that truly covers all Californians, and fortunately most lawmakers in Sacramento also understand this. However, it’s sad to see that our own State Senator, someone who worked so hard to expand health care coverage for working families in Orange County as our Supervisor, vote against the one proposal that would actually move us forward toward the goal of universal health care. I can understand his concerns about AB 8 and how we’ll ultimately pay for it, but doesn’t he also think of how much we’re paying for our broken health care system?
And speaking of our broken health care system, why isn’t Arnold willing to do something meaningful about it? He says he’ll soon call a special session of the Legislature after he vetoes AB 8. But wait, why must he call a special session at all?! The Legislature has already passed health care reform, and all Arnold has to do is sign it to declare “Mission Accomplished” on his “Year of Health Care Reform”
But so long as Arnold and Lou Correa and a few single-minded single-payer supporters nitpick over possible solutions to our real health care crisis, we’ll never accomplish our goal of health care for all.