The “most thorough hearing” on ABX1 1 has begun. You can listen to testimony in the Senate Health Committee throughout the day here, and click on Room 4203.
Secretary of Health and Human Services is now giving her opening remarks on the legislation, following Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. Both have emphasized the need to reform the system — now. Both admit that while this bill may not be perfect, the fall back is the status quo.
“Voting for this bill makes greatly needed progress. Voting against the bill is keeping the status quo,” Nunez said. “Keeping the status quo does harm. Keeping the status quo tells the uninsured — who live sicker and die younger — that they have to wait. Keeping the status quo tells 800,000 kids they have to wait. “