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  • CA: State senator(D) renews health care bill (REAL gov run socialized medicine bill)

    03/02/2007 8:39:30 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 30 replies · 572+ views
    ContraCostaTimes ^ | March 2, 2007 | Mike Zapler
    If legislative Democrats had their way, California might well be on its way to a government-run health care system. Both houses of the Legislature passed a bill last year to create a so-called "single-payer" system, only to have Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger veto it. Surrounded by union supporters and fellow liberal lawmakers, the leader of the single-payer movement, Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, said Tuesday that she will try again. Kuehl's central goal in Senate Bill 840 is to eliminate health insurance companies -- which she says ring up excessive profits and offer substandard coverage -- from the system. Instead, she...
  • SJ Kuehl (D): A second, third and fourth opinion on healthcare (CA - Socialized Medicine)

    01/12/2007 11:25:08 AM PST · by IntelliQuark · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 9, 2007 | Sheila J. Kuhl
    By Sheila James Kuehl. SHEILA JAMES KUEHL (D-Santa Monica) chairs the state Senate Health Committee Four healthcare proposals are now before the Legislature, including one crafted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, which will be spotlighted in his State of the State address tonight. Unfortunately, that plan and two others — state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's SB 48 and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez's AB 13 — are short-term solutions that have the potential to expand coverage but at the end of the day can't be relied on to achieve what 80% of Californians say they want: a government guarantee of...
  • Angelides hits Schwarzenegger on guns, affirmative action

    10/28/2006 6:43:51 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 693+ views
    Scripps News ^ | Oct. 28, 2006 | KEVIN YAMAMURA and AURELIO ROJAS
    Democratic candidate Phil Angelides challenged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on gun control and affirmative action Friday at the California NAACP conference, framing the issues as African American concerns the Republican governor should address when he visits the same group Saturday. The Democratic state treasurer questioned why Schwarzenegger accepted an endorsement from the California Rifle and Pistol Association "when our young men and women are being gunned down in the streets of Oakland." He also charged that Schwarzenegger never fought against a voter-approved 1996 initiative that banned colleges and other public institutions from using affirmative action. "I'm proud that I opposed Proposition...
  • Schwarzenegger vetoes universal health care bill

    09/22/2006 4:55:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 865+ views
    AP ^ | 9/22/6 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    Saying he opposes government-run health care, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Friday on his promise to veto a Democratic bill that would have set up a universal health care system covering all Californians. "Socialized medicine is not the solution to our state's health care problems," the Republican governor said in an unusually long veto message in which also he touted his efforts to expand two other government health care programs, Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, which serve the poor. "This bill would require an extraordinary redirection of public and private funding by creating a vast new bureaucracy to take over health...
  • CA: Sign or Veto? Bills Impacting Business on Governor’s Desk

    09/09/2006 7:22:11 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 342+ views
    Orange County Business Journal ^ | Sept. 10, 2006 | Howard Fine
    California businesses have been hit hard by this past legislative session. First, they have been forced to swallow a minimum wage increase and caps on industrial emissions of greenhouse gases as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seeks to bolster his centrist stance in an election year. Now, there are dozens of other bills on the governor’s desk that could impose additional costs on doing business in California. Meanwhile, only a handful of bills supported by business made it through. But it could have been worse. Dozens of other bills dubbed “job killers” were defeated in the closing weeks of the session. Among...
  • Chavez, Angelides vow to push for working class (at Health Care Unions rally)

    09/09/2006 6:37:31 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Sept. 9, 2006 | Mike Zapler
    San Jose mayoral candidate Cindy Chavez and gubernatorial contender Phil Angelides -- both labor-friendly Democrats and underdogs in their campaigns for office -- promised a gathering of union leaders in downtown San Jose on Friday that they would champion policies to help working-class families if they win in November. ``It matters who gets elected,'' Chavez, San Jose's vice mayor, told 2,000 rank-and-file leaders of the United Healthcare Workers union meeting for their annual conference at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Angelides' speech won loud applause from the health care union members, many of whom surrounded the state treasurer afterward...
  • Edwards, Angelides join Union to announce commitment for universal healthcoverage

    09/08/2006 7:58:20 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 654+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Sept. 8, 2006 | SEIU UHW
    After Schwarzenegger Vetoes Healthcare Coverage, John Edwards and Phil Angelides to Join California's Largest and Fastest Growing Union in Major Healthcare Reform Announcement SAN JOSE, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Angelides will join hundreds of rank-and-file leaders from California's largest and fastest growing union as SEIU United Health Care Workers-West makes an announcement about their commitment to bring universal health care coverage to California by 2008 and make fundamental change in Washington D.C. and Sacramento. The announcement will come as 2,000 healthcare workers from across the state convene at the 2nd Annual SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West...
  • CA: Our hit list (part 1) - These three rotten bills deserve quick vetoes

    09/06/2006 10:20:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 483+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/6/06 | Editorial
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got off to a fast start in his annual September Veto Parade yesterday by saying he would reject state Sen. Sheila Kuehl's nonsensical, poorly drafted bill mandating that California adopt socialized medicine. It is a sad commentary on the Legislature that Kuehl's bill made it this far. Perhaps the governor next can tackle measures that are, respectively, anti-consumer, anti-common sense and pro-corruption. AB 2592, by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would allow car-rental companies to omit the cost of airport fees when advertising rental rates. How does Leno – who sees himself as a classic liberal do-gooder...
  • Freedom Fades in California

    09/06/2006 10:16:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 624+ views
    California Republic ^ | 9/6/06 | Ray Haynes
    Freedom is a fragile thing. A candlelight in a windstorm, if you will, requiring constant vigilance to preserve. It is never safe, as the old saying goes, as long as the California Legislature (or Congress, for that matter) is in session. That is because the ruling class, that is, elected officials, bureaucrats, and their allies in the private sector, get money, power and prestige from bigger government, and bigger government is an anathema to freedom. Therefore, those who are in charge of protecting our freedom, (i.e. government officials) have a vested interest in taking it away. Human nature being what...
  • Schwarzenegger to Veto State-Run Health Plan Bill

    09/05/2006 5:21:33 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 32 replies · 482+ views
    Al-Reuters / Yahoo ^ | 9/5/2006 | EagleUSA
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Tuesday he would veto a bill that would create a government-run health care system for the most populous U.S. state. The widely expected veto, as Schwarzenegger seeks re-election in November, marks one of the Republican governor's sharpest breaks with the state's Democratic-led legislature this year. Schwarzenegger commended the Democratic lawmaker who advanced the health-care bill, but said California could not afford a state-run health system. An immigrant from Austria, Schwarzenegger had previously signaled his opposition to the bill because he believes state-run health systems in Europe work against consumers. The...
  • I cannot support socialized medicine

    09/05/2006 4:56:51 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 313+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 5, 2006 | Arnold Schwarzenegger
    I commend Sen. Sheila Kuehl's commitment and dedication to providing health care coverage for all Californians, but I must veto Senate Bill 840 because I cannot support a government-run health care system. Socialized medicine is not the solution to our state's health care problems. This bill would require an extraordinary redirection of public and private funding by creating a vast new bureaucracy to take over health insurance and medical care for Californians – a serious and expensive mistake. Such a program would cost the state billions and lead to significant new taxes on individuals and businesses, without solving the critical...
  • Schwarzenegger says he will veto universal health care measure

    09/05/2006 1:16:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies · 1,384+ views
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Tuesday that he will veto a universal health care bill that is headed for his desk, claiming the measure would set up a "vast new bureaucracy" that would be too expensive. The Republican governor said the single-payer system proposed by Sen. Sheila Kuehl would "cost the state billions and lead to significant new taxes on individuals and businesses, without solving the critical issue of affordability. "I won't jeopardize the economy of our state for such a purpose," the governor said in a statement. Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, said Schwarzenegger's comments indicated he "has not read the...
  • Health care needs help, but not this kind

    09/04/2006 9:32:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 258+ views
    As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The problems come about when something is broken and the involved parties can't agree on how to fix it. Such is the state of health care coverage in California. The state Assembly on Aug. 28 approved Senate Bill 840, which would provide health insurance to all residents, making California the only state with government-operated universal health care. The state Senate approved it Thursday on a party-line vote, sending it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Democrats want to establish a system controlled through creation of a California Health Insurance Agency. A...
  • CA: Angelides Mum on Health Care Bill (universal healthcare -- SB840)

    09/03/2006 8:34:44 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 277+ views
    SFC ^ | Sept. 3, 2006 | John Wildermuth
    Although Phil Angelides already is gearing up to slam Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his expected veto of state Sen. Sheila Kuehl's universal health care bill, SB 840, the Democratic hopeful has no intention of telling anyone what he would do if he actually was governor, instead of just a candidate for the job. When asked Sunday if he would sign the bill that's now on the governor's desk, Angelides refused, often and at great length, to say. "It's a moot issue because (Schwarzenegger) is not going to sign it," the treasurer said. "It's a moot issue because it's on his...
  • CA legislators vote to adopt Canadian-style medicare (socialized medicine)

    09/02/2006 2:25:27 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 25 replies · 666+ views
    Sadly, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to veto Bill 840, thus denying medical care for seven million state residents Sacramento (1 September 2006) - California legislators are poised to vote for a Canadian-style health-care system by passing Bill 840, a measure that would outlaw private health care throughout the state. The legislation was approved earlier by members of the state assembly and was endorsed Thursday by the state senate. If enacted, the bill would provide free medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage for all California residents by 2009 through a state-run agency. Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to terminate Medicare The...
  • Republican Enclaves Support Veto (of CA socialized medicine bill SB840)

    09/01/2006 7:17:07 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Berkeley Grad School of Journalism ^ | Sept. 1, 2006 | Danielle McNamara
    DANVILLE -- Danville resident Mary Roberts doesn't trust the government with her health or her money. As a baby boomer and a Republican, she said she's concerned with the rising cost of healthcare, how she will pay for it in the future and how the issue will play out in the upcoming election. But like other citizens of Danville, an affluent East Bay community 18 miles southeast of Berkeley, she opposed Senate Bill 840 that proposes ending private insurance and replacing it with state-run healthcare for everyone. Danville and Clayton are the only cities in Contra Costa, Alameda and San...
  • CA: Legislature sends single-payer health care bill to governor

    09/01/2006 11:57:01 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 33 replies · 563+ views
    San Diego Tribune ^ | Aug. 31, 2006 | Don Thompson
    Under the amended bill, California residents essentially would pay their health insurance premiums, copays and deductibles into a state-funded health insurance program. Money the state spends on health care also would go into the new system. Her bill is opposed by the insurance industry and legislative Republicans, who have said it amounts socialized medicine. Schwarzenegger has said he opposes so-called single-payer health care systems.
  • Governor gets global warming, minimum wage, (and universal healthcare) bills

    08/31/2006 5:38:48 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 18 replies · 379+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Aug. 31, 2006 | Dan Smith and Clea Benson
    Legislators on Thursday sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a universal health care bill he is likely to veto and a measures increasing the minimum wage and regulating greenhouse gases he is likely to sign. Lawmakers face a midnight deadline to deal with nearly 200 bills before the scheduled end of the two-year legislative session. Before adjournment, they are expected to send the Republican governor bills to allow phone companies into the cable television market and ban hand-held cell phone use while driving. Also on the table are measures to ease prison overcrowding.
  • Assembly passes universal healthcare bill

    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- California's Democrat-controlled Assembly has passed a universal healthcare bill that is expected to figure in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's re-election bid. The bill would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system for all state residents, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. The state senate is expected to approve changes to plan and send it the Republican governor, who has expressed his opposition to a single-payer plan. The Chronicle said the governor, however, has not offered an alternative for the state's 7 million people who are uninsured. His office has said the governor...
  • Demo bills highlight contrasts. (California)

    08/30/2006 7:22:06 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 250+ views
    Marcury News ^ | Aug. 29, 2006 | Mike Zapler and Edwin Garcia
    The state Assembly on Monday passed a pair of sweeping social policy changes -- a universal health care bill and a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses -- that have virtually no chance of becoming law but could become fodder in the governor's race this fall. The bills represent heartfelt Democratic causes and are certain to draw vetoes from Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, should they reach his desk. They also highlight important differences between Schwarzenegger and his opponent, Democratic Treasurer Phil Angelides. The difference is sharpest on the driver's license bill: Schwarzenegger opposes it; Angelides said...
  • (CA) Assembly approves (socialized) universal health care

    08/30/2006 5:31:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 58 replies · 890+ views
    The San Fransisco Chronicle ^ | August 29, 2006 | Lynda Gledhill
    The Democratic-controlled Legislature is on the verge of sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state-run universal health care system, testing him on an issue that voters rate as one of their top concerns in this election year. On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly...
  • CA: Governor and rival both oppose bill for universal health care (Kuehl bill)

    08/30/2006 8:11:54 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 301+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 30, 2006 | Tom Chorneau
    Like a lot of voters, 50-year-old Lee Steele of Mountain View is increasingly concerned about the bite health care premiums take out of his paycheck. But he was especially concerned to learn Tuesday that both of the major party candidates for California governor don't support a bill pending in the Legislature that would create a state-run universal health care system. The bill, authored by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, would replace -- if fully implemented -- private health care plans with a statewide program that would cover all Californians. It would establish a commission that would develop a plan...
  • California Assembly passes bill to provide universal health care

    08/28/2006 7:39:01 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 171 replies · 3,109+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Aug. 28, 2006 | ROBIN HINDERY
    The Assembly narrowly approved a bill Monday that would provide health insurance to all residents, a move that would make California the only state to offer government-operated universal health care. The bill, which passed the 80-member house on a largely party-line vote of 43-30, received strong Democratic backing. But supporters say pressure from the insurance industry and Republican lawmakers is likely to doom the measure when it reaches Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor's office has declined to take a position on the bill, but Schwarzenegger in the past has voiced his opposition to single-payer systems. The bill by Sen. Sheila...
  • State's top Democrat rallies the troops (CA)

    08/26/2006 10:08:14 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 309+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | Aug. 25, 2006 | Donna Jones
    The growing unpopularity of the war in Iraq gives Democrats an unprecedented chance at changing the political leadership in the state and nation, California Democratic Party chairman Art Torres said Thursday. Speaking at the Green Valley Grill, before a room jammed with an appreciative audience of party activists from across the Central Coast, Torres urged the local Democratic leaders to register voters and get them to the polls in November. A high turnout, driven by displeasure over Iraq, could affect state races, even helping Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides oust Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Torres said. Introducing Torres, 28th District Assembly...
  • Kuehl Pushes For Sweeping Health Care Reform (CA - socialized medicine)

    08/25/2006 7:00:03 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 27 replies · 1,504+ views
    SurfSantaMonica ^ | Aug. 25, 2006 | Ann K. Williams
    August 25 -- Once again, a Santa Monica resident is ahead of the pack, leading the state -- and possibly the nation -- in progressive, and highly controversial, reform. State Senator Sheila Kuehl – often seen tooling around Sunset Park in her red Porsche – is taking a shot at changing legislative and health care history with her “California Health Insurance Reliability Act,” which comes up for a vote in the State Assembly next week, most likely on Monday. “The increasing costs of health insurance premiums are bankrupting our state, our businesses and working families,” Kuehl wrote in an editorial...
  • CA: Universal health care issue rises anew as session nears end

    08/25/2006 10:31:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 276+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/25/06 | Dan Walters
    No one knows exactly how much Californians spend on health care, but it's somewhere between $150 billion and $200 billion a year. ... Nor do we know exactly how many of California's 37 million residents lack health insurance, but it's somewhere between 6 million and 7 million, one of the nation's largest proportions of medically uninsured, reflecting the state's immense population of illegal immigrants and the multifaceted and diffused nature of its economy. --snip-- ... in the final days of the 2006 legislative session, with the Legislature once again poised to approve a state-operated, universal health care system and Gov....
  • CA should lead the way in health insurance (Bill for Single Payer in CA Assembly)

    08/19/2006 10:34:37 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 56 replies · 1,047+ views
    RedlandsDaily Facts ^ | Aug. 18, 2006 | Linda Rhoades
    This month there will be an important and historic vote in the California Assembly, on Senate Bill 840. If passed, and signed by the governor, SB840 will provide comprehensive, high quality health insurance for all Californians. The bill provides for one health insurance plan (single payer) that covers every California resident, high quality care and comprehensive benefits, choice of personal physicians, and affordability for individuals, families and businesses. Incredibly, nearly 7 million Californians lack health insurance during all or part of the year. Roughly 70 percent of these people are employed but do not receive employer-based insurance. Many insured Californians...
  • Senate advances universal health care plan

    05/31/2005 3:49:18 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 38 replies · 1,257+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 3:20 PM | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Tuesday to create a universal health care system overseen by an elected commissioner, although many of the details have yet to be worked out. Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, urged senators to send her measure to the Assembly so negotiations can continue, with no funding plan likely to be added until next year. Senators agreed on a 24-14 vote. Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, said the plan could cost $8 billion and predicted it would result in rationing of health care services. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said other nations' universal health...
  • SENATOR KUEHL ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF SB 840 (Socialized Medicine for All Californians)

    02/24/2005 4:59:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 97 replies · 1,586+ views
    Word and Brown Legislative Alert ^ | 2-24-2005 | Word and Brown Legislative Alert
    At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, on the South Steps of the California State Capitol, State Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-23) announced her introduction of SB 840 the California Health Insurance Reliability Act (CHIRA) to the California Legislature. Senate Pro Tempore Don Perata has joined as a co-author as have Senator Deborah Ortiz, chair of the Senate Health Committee and Assemblymember Wilma Chan, chair of the Assembly Health Committee who are both principle co-authors. The bill will cover every Californian with comprehensive health insurance and guarantee their right to choose their own physician, while containing healthcare cost inflation. By slashing...