Senate debates, passes SB48 health reform bill

The state Senate just passed SB48 (Perata), the senate president’s health reform bill on a nearly party line 23-16 vote. Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim was the only Democrat to vote against the measure. He also was the only Democrat to vote against Sen. Sheila Kuehl’s universal health care bill SB840 yesterday.

I will be posting a full report of the debate later today — along with results from the Assembly side when it takes up Speaker Nunez’s AB8, but what really made me spit nails was Sen. George Runner, R-Palmdale’s bogeyman warning that health reform proposals being discussed today would lead to rationed care.

“It opens the door to us deciding who’s worth of health care and who isn’t,” Runner said.

Thankfully, Sen. Sheila Kuehl weighed in.

“We have rationing now. Rationing is not going to be imposed in a new plan. It’s Darwinian. You have money. You can buy insurance. You have health care. You don’t have money. You don’t have insurance. You don’t have health care.”

Well said, Sen. Kuehl!

Stay tuned, we’ll give you a full report at the end of today.

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