SB840 was just heard in the Assembly Health Committee a few minutes ago and lots of priceless comments were proferred by opponents of the bill, which we will report on later today. In the face of such attacks on her legislation, though, Sen. Sheila Kuehl remains the picture of composure and thankfully is able to refute the arguments one by one.
But one of the more aggravating statements came from Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Moorpark.
Strickland insists that people would be denied care — (more than they are now?) — under a “government run system.” For instance, a sports athlete with a torn rotator cuff could jump in line ahead an older person who had the same injury.
“Preferential treatment – that’s a big problem that happens when the government gets to decide things,’’ she said. (Of course, I doubt Ms. Strickland would think the Halliburton contracts for the Iraq War were preferential. )