Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and DPOC Chair Frank Barbaro have both issued statements regarding the politicization of healthcare by the County’s Board of Supervisors.
Barbaro and the DPOC released the following statement:
Today, DPOC Chair Frank Barbaro added his voice to the growing number of concerned citizens in condemning last week’s decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to block a request from the county’s Health Care Agency for more than $10 million dollars in federal grants allocated through the Affordable Care Act.
“The decision by the County’s Board of Supervisors to reject a request from the Health Care Agency to apply for a $40,000 federally-funded grant is both short sighted and not fiscally prudent”, said Barbaro. “The Board of Supervisors is politicizing healthcare policy decisions by rejecting the effort on partisan grounds, not one based on good public policy.”
Three of the five board members (Bates, Moolarch and Nelson) voted to block the request, while Campbell and Nguyen voted to request the funds. All five of the board members are Republicans.
Added Barbaro, “Healthcare costs skyrocketed in the years leading to Affordable Care Act. The Board’s decision effectively means taxpayers will pay more for rising healthcare costs because the board does not understand the basics behind federal Healthcare reform measures. We believe it’s time for this conservative board employ effective public policy ahead of political grandstanding.”
From the Sanchez announcement.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) today released the following statement in response to news that the Orange County Board of Supervisors has obstructed the Orange County Health Care Agency’s bid for federal grant funding because some board members are opposed to accepting funding that is made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s extremely disappointing that these officials – elected by Orange County citizens to serve this community’s best interests – are unfortunately putting politics before the health and well-being of the people of Orange County,” said Sanchez. “This is federal funding that the Board of Supervisors is choosing to leave on the table – funding that is greatly needed for a county with such a high number of unemployed and uninsured. I call on Chairman Moorlach and supervisors Patricia Bates and Shawn Nelson to do what the people elected them to do – serve their needs. I thank supervisors Janet Nguyen and Bill Campbell for their support on this important issue.”