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RNs Praise Courageous Vote by Senate Committee on Badly Flawed Healthcare Bill
Date:1/28/2008

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee today offered praise to the Senate Health Committee for resisting enormous pressure to pass a badly flawed healthcare bill and pledged to work with legislators, community groups, and labor for genuine healthcare reform that avoids the serious shortcomings of AB1X.

In a statement following the vote, CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro congratulated the committee "for its thorough, deliberative process and for taking a principled courageous stand despite the enormous pressure brought to bear by those who were pushing for hurried passage for a bad bill."

"AB1X was rejected not because Californians and the legislature like the status quo or do not yearn for fixing our broken healthcare system. The bill collapsed because it was fundamentally flawed on its merits on access, quality, and cost," DeMoro said.

Among CNA/NNOC's key concerns, said DeMoro, were the mandate forcing individuals to purchase insurance with no controls on costs or a minimum standard for benefits or quality, the failure to provide meaningful protection to families facing a huge spike in out-of-pocket costs, and the danger that the low employer mandate would encourage employers to drop current coverage.

Additionally, CNA/NNOC noted the serious underfunding of the proposal, including a tobacco tax and "the absurd premise of basing a health bill on essentially encouraging individuals to smoke."

DeMoro made note of several of the comments by committee members during discussion on the bill today, including committee chair Sen. Sheila Kuehl's comment that not voting for this bill "does not mean we prefer the status quo, any more than Gov. Schwarzenegger was saying he preferred the status quo when he vetoed SB 840," a single-payer, Medicare-for-all style bill.

She also praised the comments of Sen. Leland Yee who noted, "the only way we can get true health care reform is with a single-payer process" that "is fair and makes sure everyone is covered."

"We look forward to working with Sen. Kuehl, Sen. Yee, and everyone who is dedicated, along with us, to a genuine, comprehensive reform, such as Sen. Kuehl's SB 840. In the interim, there is a short term alternative. Adopt AB1X's fee on hospitals reimbursed through higher Medi-Cal payments to hospitals proposed in the bill, and use the resulting federal money to expand coverage for children," DeMoro said.

Following are 10 reasons CNA/NNOC opposed AB1X:

1. Forced individuals to buy insurance policies without knowing the cost

or what coverage they will receive.

2. No meaningful cost controls on rising premiums, co-pays, or

deductibles.

3. Failed to identify minimum coverage, likely to be cheap HMO plans

without dental, vision, mental health, long term care and other

essentials which will cost extra.

4. Gaping holes in supposed affordability protections. No cap on premiums

or out-of-pocket costs for middle-income families. Low-income

employees ineligible for public subsidies if they opt out of employer

coverage offer which could be a gym club membership or health savings

account.

5. Harsh penalties for individuals who fail to buy insurance, including

garnishing wages or mortgage liens, but no penalties for employers who

don't comply.

6. Incentives for employers who now provide benefits to cancel coverage

to pay cheaper fee or shift more costs to workers. Encouraged large

employers like Wal-Mart to dump lowest wage employees into the public

pool.

7. Sunset of hospital fees and tax credits and a two-thirds vote for

increasing employer mandate. No similar protections for individuals

who would bear the burden of future increases in costs.

8. Tied funding to tobacco tax, so anti-smoking programs would

continually undermine the plan's funding base.

9. Jeopardized public safety net hospitals. Gives higher reimbursements

to private hospitals while shifting $1 billion from counties to pay

for the plan.

10. Could bankrupt California. The Legislative Analyst's Office projected

likely shortfall of $3.9 billion. Figure far greater if the costs of

state-subsidized premiums are higher, the number of uninsured matches

federal numbers -- not the proponents' estimates, and if the impending

recession pushes more Californians into the pool.


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