Wednesday, September 15, 2010
California and Healthcare Reform
Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger Should Sign Bills To Create California Insurance Exchange.
The Sacramento Bee (9/9, 16A) editorialized, "When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns Sept. 15 from a six-day trade mission in Asia, he'll have 700 or so bills to sign or veto," which is "why, before he leaves today, he should sign two bills laying the groundwork for California's health insurance exchange -- the major piece of the national health reform legislation signed by President Barack Obama on March 23." The Bee added, "Under the two bills passed by the Legislature, Californians would get standardized information about insurance plans...so they can make informed choices." The paper concluded, "Many Californians would be eligible, based on their income, for a federal premium subsidy to help them purchase coverage through the health benefits exchange," and "California should not leave those federal dollars on the table."