Nu ez avoids vote on governor’s health plan

Posted in uwvmwtei on January 6th, 2020

first_imgBy Laura Kurtzman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez backed away from a showdown with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over health care on Thursday and decided against putting the governor’s plan to a vote. Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Democrat, said the speaker called it off because he was “making progress” in talks with the Republican governor. Nu ez is promoting an alternative with Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, that can pass on a simple majority and therefore without GOP votes. But the governor says it asks too much of businesses. Democrats want employers to spend at least 7.5percent of their payrolls on health care or pay that amount into a state fund. In the governor’s plan, businesses would pay about half that amount. The governor’s plan also would raise the low rates California pays doctors and hospitals to treat poor people under the federal-state Medi-Cal program.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A vote almost certainly would have been a rout for the governor, who has been insisting, despite plentiful evidence to the contrary, that his approach to universal health care can win overwhelming bipartisan support in the state Legislature. But it also could have been awkward for Nu ez and other Democrats. If they cast votes for the governor’s plan, they would have been on record as endorsing features they say they cannot accept, such as making health insurance mandatory. Nu ez vowed to call the vote last week, after Schwarzenegger threatened to veto the Democrats’ health reform bill, which is making its way through the state Legislature. Nu ez said it would demonstrate that Republicans would never vote for the governor’s $12 billion plan because it calls for new charges on doctors, hospitals and employers, in part to expand coverage to millions of uninsured people. Because it involves raising taxes, the governor’s plan needs a two-thirds majority to pass. last_img

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