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Doom and Gloom Don Perata

by: Julia Rosen

Mon Aug 27, 2007 at 17:38:23 PM PDT

What the heck happened to all of the can do spirit over at the Capitol over health care reform?  Look, I understand that Arnold is not exactly saying the right things lately, but that doesn't mean you say that nothing is going to get done and so you should close shop early and go home.  Come on now Sen. Don Perata.  This is severely unhelpful.

State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata said Monday he is "not optimistic anything substantial" will be done this legislative session to improve access to health care in California because a "lot of momentum" was lost during the budget stalemate.

In an interview after a floor session that produced little of note, the Oakland Democrat said a special session after the Legislature adjourns Sept. 14 would be pointless.

"I don't see any resolve to do anything," he said. "The stalemate took it's toll. People are feeling battered and bruised.

That is exactly what the Republicans hoped would happen.  Buck up camper.  Don't let them get what they wanted.  Don't let all of the hard work by everyone go to waste because you feel bruised.  When I wake up the morning after a rugby game I don't say, gosh that hurt, I don't want to do that again.  Boot up and get back out there.

Perata already announced today that he is closing the Senate's legislative session three days before scheduled.  That leaves just 10 more work days and helps insure what he is saying now comes true.  I don't get it.  Why is he sabotaging this?

Julia Rosen :: Doom and Gloom Don Perata
Nunez by contrast is quite sunny.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, has said he will introduce the governor's health care plan himself and ask lawmakers to consider it this week.

"I'm an eternal optimist," said Nunez. "I will fight till the end for health care reform and redistricting."

Self-defeat is unacceptable.

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The New Generation of Leaders (8.00 / 2)
I think part of this is that Nunez is of a new generation of leaders. We need to get more young people involved in politics, and specifically running for election.

I think?

He May be Young in Years, but Nunez is Same Old Same Old (0.00 / 0)
Just another politician angling for himslef and not what is best for the people. If his Health Care Bill (AB 8) is going nowhere, it's because it's bad legislation.  There may be a tactical reason the Dems are not jumping on board.

Guess I still have San Francisco hippie values, although I'm an engineer

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It was supported by every Democrat in the Assembly (0.00 / 0)
And Senator Kuehl is a co-author.

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A Dem tactical move (0.00 / 0)
However, who is lobbying hard for it?

Guess I still have San Francisco hippie values, although I'm an engineer

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Why is Nunez Carrying Water for Schwarzenegger? (0.00 / 0)
How is introducing the Governor's proposal as his own Bill showing leadership exactly?  Very strange, seeing as how the Governor's staff has not even made an attempt at crafting the legislation. 

Guess I still have San Francisco hippie values, although I'm an engineer

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I think that is a reasonable move (0.00 / 0)
The threat of individual mandate that is the heart of Arnold's plan is well, bad.  Getting Arnold to understand that his plan has support in the single digits (perhaps 0) votes.

I think?

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There's a big difference (8.00 / 2)
Between leadership and occasional obstinacy.  I can assure Senator Perata that the lack of resolve does not come from the rank and file of the party.  And it does not come from millions who can't get health insurance.  If the caucus in Sacramento has lost momentum because it took almost two full months to get a budget, well...the rest of us are just ready to make up for lost time.

There seems like a fundamental disconnect here.

Throw them an anvil (0.00 / 0)
The Republicans are already mud to California voters. Why not go after them that much harder by pushing health care?

Either way we win. Outcome 1 - the Legislature is able to pass a reform that, while not single-payer, still provides helpful coverage to millions of Californians. Or, Outcome 2 - Republicans somehow block this legislation, and the Democrats are able to show voters that, once again, the extremist Republicans have prevented Democrats from helping out Californians in need.

This doesn't make any sense, Senator.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

spoken like a man with secure benefits (8.00 / 2)
even if you've got no hope of getting the governor's signature, it is essential that a decent bill get sent up to him, if only to define what the democrats would do for california were they to have a working majority.

in fact, if arnold is obvious about vetoing it, better to send him up an ideal bill, and get the clean PR from it, rather than shooting down a compromise bill, and muddying up the rhetoric.

one wonders how these guys made it as far as they did in politics, being so clueless about symbolic politics.

We're is phase 2 (8.00 / 1)
The Legislature sent SB 840 to Schwarzenegger in the last lsession and he vetoed it.  That was symbolic politics.  Now is the time for deeper, long term organizing in support.  The time is ripe.  People are beginning to recognize that Single Payer is the only way to go.  We have to give ourselves enough time to build support in all in all California sectors (urban, rural, suburban, small & large business, religious, public agencies, opinion leaders, etc.)

Guess I still have San Francisco hippie values, although I'm an engineer

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Agreed completely (8.00 / 1)
As recent polling has shown, single-payer is becoming more and more popular around the state. That is where our efforts should now be directed.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

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Why Hand the Governor an Unearned Victory? (8.00 / 1)
Schwarzenegger boasted he'd solve the health care crisis, then didn't even offer up anything to the legislature.  If AB 8 (Nunez) is passed, it just shines Schwarzenegger's shoes for him.

AB 8 will not reduce the overall cost of health care in California because it does not address the underlying problem of insurance company control & profits.  The devil is in the details. 

As will all legislation, the rubber meets the road when implementing regulations are adopted by the governing agency.  The insurance industry will not allow implementing regulations to be adopted that in any way curb their fiscal gain. 

AB 8 is a waste of time & resources that would better be focused on building support for SB 840.  It plays into Schwarzenegger's game plan rather than our own. 

For SB 840, we are building support across the State.  Then the legislation can be placed on the desk of the next Governor to sign it, or brought it forward as an initiative once the ground work has created broad & deep support. 

According to Kuehl Legislative Aide Sara Rogers, the Republican Chief of Police & Fire in Modesto supports SB 840 as does the LA Unified School District.  We are succeeding. We need to hold on to our vision of comprehensive health care reform with a Kuehl's Single Payer Plan.  Steady as she goes and we will win, for real.

Guess I still have San Francisco hippie values, although I'm an engineer

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