Speaker Nunez mentioned health care in his response to the State of the State. Senate President Pro Tem Perata did not. Here’s Nunez:
And no conversation about where the state should be headed can be complete without acknowledging the overwhelming need to fix the state’s broken health care system.
California families face a fiscal emergency every time they struggle to pay for health care. And our overburdened emergency rooms face a fiscal crisis every day. The health care reform we negotiated with the governor takes a giant step toward the universal coverage that Californians want.
And we wrote the plan specifically so it wouldn’t impact the state budget or add to any deficit. Seizing this historic opportunity can provide one of the bright spots on a tough road ahead.