It’s extraordinary…

As I write this at 6:45pm, Speaker Nunez is establishing the 1st Extraordinary Session for the purpose of considering comprehensive health reform.

It’s interesting that they are quickly going through the motions of re-electing the Speaker, re-establishing the rules of the Assembly, etc. They are also establishing a 2nd Extraordinary Session on water issues.

It’s the Governor’s job to call a special session, and the Legislature’s to schedule and run the session. Here’s the Governor’s proclamation:

Special Health Care Session Proclamation
PROCLAMATION

by the
Governor of the State of California

WHEREAS, an extraordinary occasion has arisen and now exists requiring that the Legislature of the State of California be convened in extraordinary session;

now therefore, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by Section 3(b) Article IV of the Constitution of the State of California, do hereby convene the Legislature of the State of California to meet in extraordinary session at Sacramento, California on the 11th ­­­day of September 2007, at a time to be determined, for the following purpose and to legislate upon the following subjects:

1. To consider and act upon legislation to comprehensively reform California’s health care system that relies on shared financing and contributions from
individuals, employers, health providers, federal, state and local government,
and others.
2. To consider and act upon legislation that will provide for health care coverage for all Californians and access to health insurance without regard to medical history.
3. To consider and act upon legislation to make health care more affordable by: (a) reducing the cost to employers and insured individuals associated with uncompensated health care services delivered to the uninsured and low Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, (b) preventing chronic diseases, and (c) promoting more cost effective health care delivery.
4. To consider and act upon legislation to modify or extend existing programs to provide for a transition to comprehensive health care reform.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this ­­­11th day of September, 2007.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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