Healthcare Reforms Approved In Both Houses

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 7, 2007

There was a feisty debate about Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez’s bill.  He said under his plan, healthcare would no longer be just a privilege for those who can afford it:

 “We’re going to say to all Californians that from this point forward, healthcare is a right that is afforded to everyone in this state.”

Both Nunez’s bill – and a similar measure by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata would require employers to spend seven and a half percent of payroll on healthcare – or pay that much into a state fund.    Republicans say it’s a tax that will drive businesses away.  G-O-P Assemblyman Roger Niello didn’t mince words:

“I like our Speaker. I hate his bill.  How do I hate his bill?  How can I count the ways?  I don’t have time.”

Each bill now moves to the other house. 


Bill numbers:

SB 48

AB 8