By a poll of the board, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, is in strong support of AB8(Nunez/Perata).
Passage of AB8 would be historic, it’s hard to imagine the appropriate analogy.
* It would be the biggest expansion of public health coverage, since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid 40 years ago.
* Setting a minimum level of employer contribution to health care is as big a deal as the first time the country set a minimum wage.
* The new oversight on insurers are among the several provisions that, by themselves, would be the biggest reform in health care in any other year, and yet this year get little attention.
Very few bills have the promise to dramatically improve the lives of millions of Californians; AB8 would extend coverage to millions of Californians, and make coverage more available and accessible for millions more who have coverage, but are concerned that it’s not going to be there when they need it.
It deserves to be passed, and is worthy of the Governor’s signature.