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Even as a card carrying member of Medicare who works in Medi-Cal and whose primary interests lie in politics and the law, it is amazing how many things get past my attention. Most recently it was California Senate Bill 810 that was twice passed and vetoed by Governor Arnold and came close to passage again earlier this year.
From PNHP California SB 810 Press Release, January 31, 2012
SB 810 would create a new California Healthcare System, which would pay the bills for health care for all Californians and be financed by progressive taxation, rather than by premium payments to private insurers.
Dr. Henry L. Abrons, president of PNHP California, said:
“The best way to save money is to take the private insurers out of the system.
“Moving to a single-payer system would save the state of California billions and solve the state’s budget crisis.”
As I read it, SB 810 would outlaw private health insurance companies in the State of California. Everyone would be thrown into Medi-Cal which currently runs Meidcare and Medicaid in the state. Perhaps the move to the Call in Center approach to “customer service” is in anticipation of the 10s of millions of new clients.
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