The Assembly Republican Caucus picked the members that are part of their “workgroup” for the health care special session:
Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian, R-Stockton
Assemblyman John J. Benoit, R-Palm Desert
Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo
Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands
Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville
Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad
Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar
Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi
Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita
That’s a lots folks for a caucus that has yet to put up a vote for a major health reform proposal.
They are blocking any tax revenue to fund health care–even the Governor’s hospital fee, which the hospitals now support, which would draw down much-needed federal matching funds to California, and which would go to raising Medi-Cal reimbursement rates–something they say they support.
It seems that’s a place they should begin when they start meeting in their workgroup.