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Governor Schwarzenegger also vetoed AB 2697 by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), which would have studied the impact of “boutique hospitals”–those facilities that focus on a few specific services, rather than providing the standard range of community services.

The question is whether such facilities provide more “competition” to the health care market, or whether they only “cherry-pick” a few profitable services, while putting the existing full-service hospitals at financial risk, left with just the necessary-but-unprofitable services. The bill didn’t do anything but provide more information to make such assessments of our changing health care system, to better inform policymakers in the future.

According to his veto message, the Governor doesn’t want to know the impacts one way or another. Information is “anti-competitive.” Wow.

He also says some of this data is available through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), but the data is not timely, not complete (as the careful parsing of the statement admits), and they don’t take the data to do the needed analysis.

Similar to the deregulatory philosophy of Governor Palin in Alaska, Governor Schwarzenegger has a firm ideological view, and doesn’t want any facts that have the potential of getting in the way.

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