Good article on assessing Health Care in California...all eyes are watching what happens here as California has the 10th largest economy in the world...no doubt what occurs here will have impact throughout...current polls also show a growing dissatisfaction from the public...article well worth reading. I just wish we had folks in office who were a little more tech savvy and leave some of the politics out so the average person could really understand how information flows and how it is used today. The average citizen today has no idea where and how information is sent and used and unfortunately there is both good and bad, depending what side of the fence you reside. BD
California did not start the current wave of efforts to overhaul the American health-care system, but what happens in Sacramento over the next few weeks could have a big impact on whether the drive gains momentum -- or peters out. With three weeks remaining in the state's legislative session, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) still has nothing to show for the grand proposal he made in January to create a system that would guarantee health insurance for all Californians. But with the resolution of a nearly two-month-long state budget impasse last week, the focus is turning back to health care, with hard-to-predict results.
Not only are Californians less likely to be covered than residents of 45 other states, but those who do have coverage are concerned it's not going to be there for them when they need it," said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a nonprofit advocacy group. Political challenges are possible, too. Three years ago, California voters overturned a 2003 law that would have required employers to provide health coverage to workers or pay a fee to the state.
Schwarzenegger's plan -- which would require everyone to have insurance, would impose new fees on employers, doctors and hospitals, and would subsidize coverage for those who couldn't afford it -- has not made it into legislation. Instead, the Democrats who control the legislature fashioned their own bill. It differs in important ways from the governor's plan and probably has enough support to pass -- but the governor said last week that he would veto it.