The Governor’s vetoes actively harm California health care consumers.
* Over one thousand consumers will continue be uninsured and uninsurable at any price, on a waiting list, without the reforms the Governor vetoed.
* Patients will be retroactively denied coverage by their insurer with no independent review.
* Insured consumers will be balance billed after going to an emergency room, with their credit and financial future at risk.
* All consumers will continue to wonder if their premiums are going to profit and overhead, rather than patient care.
In addition, we vehemently disagree with the Governor’s opposition to a starting the process to create universal, single-payer health care system, or with bills that would set basic benefits for insurance coverage. But many of these vetoes were unexpected, and go against the themes and policies that the Governor had advocated earlier in the year.
The Governor’s stubborn approach to health care has meant that California has actually taken big steps backward, away from the goals of health reform. With his vetoes and combined with his action on the budget, the Governor has made health care less available, less affordable, and less secure for California consumers.