Governor's Health Care Plan: Rejected By Committee
After more than a year of debate, the health care bill crafted by the Governor and Democratic leaders has hit a brick wall. A Senate committee rejected the plan to insure most Californians Monday.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The plan would have expanded coverage to millions – including all children. But recently the non-partisan legislative analyst said the program could be in the red within a few years….and Committee Chair, Democratic Senator Sheila Kuehl said that was critical:
“it doesn’t matter if there are all these good things in the bill if there’s not sufficient funding to pay for them.”
Senate Leader Don Perata co-wrote the bill…but said he couldn’t support it, given the state’s 14 billion dollar shortfall:
“We now have a much different economic outlook, a much more dire economic forecast.”
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez was the lead author on the bill. He defended the effort:
“I would challenge the members of the senate to come up with a plan that’s doable, that can withstand the same type of scrutiny.”
In a statement, Governor Schwarzenegger called the rejection a setback…but said he would not give up trying for health reform.