California Universal Health Care SB810 Passes: but without Senator Correa’s vote

While we await National health care reform out of Washington, in California, Senate Bill 810, the California Universal Health Care Act, passed in the State today today on pretty much straight party line vote, with one notable exception.  SB810 is landmark legislation that seeks to establishe a modern universal health care system that will cover every California resident with comprehensive benefits using a single payer system.  It builds on the foundation of Medicare, which senior citizens have used for years. A key component to SB 810 is that it provides universal care without increasing overall health care spending in California by leveraging the economic efficiencies of a single payer system.

The vote on SB 810 on a vote of 22 to 14, which all Democrats voted in favor.  Senator Alquist was absent and didn’t vote and Senator Wright abstained.  Senator Lou Correa opposed the legislation and joined all the Republican members of the State Senate and voted no.  The bill moves on to the Assembly.

Why Senator Correa opposed this bill, which stands to benefit so many families in his district without increasing state healthcare spending, just seems to be a mystery.  This blog loves you Senator but this vote is wrong and a disservice to those you represent.

  9 comments for “California Universal Health Care SB810 Passes: but without Senator Correa’s vote

  1. Clint Calaway
    January 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Quote from your article:

    “Why Senator Correa opposed this bill, which stands to benefit so many families in his district without increasing state healthcare spending, just seems to be a mystery. ”

    Two words, Scott Brown.

    Or Senator Correa still wants to keep his job.

    • January 29, 2010 at 12:32 am

      Lou Correa voted No 2 years ago way before Scott Brown. He was the first Democrat in Calif. to vote no on the bill which has been going through the legislature for 8 years.
      He’s really a Republican in Dem.clothing. Apparently his opponent in his race, a Republican woman, was more liberal than him. Many of his constituents are not happy with this guy. Selfish just like all the others who care more about their career than folks who are dying in their districts due to lack of access to appropriate care.

    • JC
      February 3, 2010 at 3:49 am

      Or he bought the media hype Scott Brown Red Herring. There was no exit polling, just media speculation.

  2. January 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Is this the same Scott Brown who told the Boston Globe today he would not be a reliable Republican vote? The same Scott Brown who hired several Kennedy staffers for his DC office. And the same Scott Brown who won’t pass the conservative purity test come 2012.

    Your argument about this vote is meant for Correa to keep his job flies in the face of what the voters of his district need. Correa’s vote was against their interests.

  3. junior
    January 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Lou violated his pledge to not vote to raise taxes on Californians. NOTHING can save his job – he is finished as a legislator in California.

  4. junior
    January 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Dan,

    Yes, that is him – no problem with any of that.

    His nickname is No. 41 – good enough for me.

  5. junior
    January 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Dan,

    Lou had the choice to vote for this bill and remove all doubt that he would NOT be re-elected and a Reep take his seat – or to vote against the bill and have fighting chance to be re-elcted.

    Do you think that Lou made the right choice?

    • Dan Chmielewski
      February 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

      You vote to protect the best interests of those who elected you

  6. ocresident
    February 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I’m with Lynn on this one. Correa has been a Rep in Dem clothing for years. As another example, he has consistently and actively helped to erode consumer protections in CA for years. I have yet to see anything about his voting record that is even remotely related to any Democratic policies. Can’t wait to see him kicked out on his ass.

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