SINGLE PAYER IN CA IS NOT DEAD

June 24, 2017

At 5 pm on a Friday night, today, State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon released a statement that basically says that HE has unilaterally decided that SB 562, The Healthy California Act, was on hold until further notice.

“...In light of this, I have decided SB 562 will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice." 

 

“Because this is the first year of a two-year session, this action does not mean SB 562 is dead. In fact, it leaves open the exact deep discussion and debate the senators who voted for SB 562 repeatedly said is needed."

We are collectively not helpless, we are, in fact, powerful. Please call Speaker Rendon (Though he has intermittently turned off his voicemail), email, fax and tweet (@rendon63rd). We the people of this State will not be victims to the AHCA and we will not let Speaker Rendon deny us our health care reform that has been a decade in the works.

 

 

Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly (D-63)

916-319-2063

(562) 529-3250

Twitter: @Rendon63rd

 

assemblymember.rendon@assembly.ca.gov

 

 

June 23, 2017

STATEMENT FROM THE CA NURSES ASSOC.

 

The California Nurses Association condemns the decision by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to destroy the aspirations of millions of Californians for guaranteed health care without being bankrupted or forced to skip needed care.

 

Announcing this decision at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon is a cowardly act, developed in secret without engaging the thousands of Californians who have rallied to enact real health care reform.

 

Speaker Rendon’s decision is especially ironic given the pending action by the U.S. Senate to withdraw health coverage for millions of Americans, including Californians, and drastically increase costs for tens of millions more of the most ill among us.

 

Acting in secret in the interests of the profiteering insurance companies late Friday afternoon abandons all those people already threatened by Congress and the Trump administration. 

 

The people of California are counting on the legislature to protect them now, not sometime next year, and as polls have shown Californians support this proposal by a wide majority. A solution to this health care emergency could be at hand; Speaker Rendon is standing in opposition.

 

Thousands of Californians have been in motion for guaranteed healthcare. They are not finished.

 

Deborah Burger, RN, co-president, California Nurses Association
 

 


June 23, 2017 5 pm

SPEAKER RENDON'S FULL STATEMENT

 

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) released the following statement on health care:

 

“Yesterday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a cynical plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, posing a real and immediate threat to millions of Californians who only have health coverage because of the ACA.

 

“Preparing California to meet this threat must be the top health care priority for the Legislature, Governor Brown, and organizations that advocate for increasing access to health care."

 

“As someone who has long been a supporter of single payer, I am encouraged by the conversation begun by Senate Bill 562." 

 

“However, SB 562 was sent to the Assembly woefully incomplete. Even senators who voted for SB 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Trump Administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation." 

 

“In light of this, I have decided SB 562 will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice."

 

“Because this is the first year of a two-year session, this action does not mean SB 562 is dead. In fact, it leaves open the exact deep discussion and debate the senators who voted for SB 562 repeatedly said is needed." 

 

“The Senate can use that time to fill the holes in SB 562 and pass and send to the Assembly workable legislation that addresses financing, delivery of care, and cost control."

 

“The fight for single payer also is moving forward on other fronts. The head of the Campaign for a Healthy California, an organization created to pass SB 562, has acknowledged their ultimate goal is to get a single payer initiative on the ballot, and there remains ample time for them to pursue that before November 2018."

 

“As those potential options work themselves out, the Assembly will stand with our partners to focus on the real, immediate threat to Californians' health care posed by Republicans in Washington.”

 

Website of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

https://speaker.asmdc.org/
 

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