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Senate Health Committee Analysis of ABX1-1

Posted by Alan on January 21, 2008

In preparation for the January 23rd Senate Health Committee’s hearing on Assembly Bill X1-1 the Committee’s staff has issued its analysis of the bill. ABX1-1 is the compromise health care reform worked out between California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

The Senate Health Committee Staff Analysis of ABX1-1 is the most thorough of study of the bill to date. It wil provide plenty of ammunition for both supporters and opponents of the bill, raising serious questions about the complex measure as well as identifying the benefits it could deliver. Along with the analysis due soon from the Legislative Analyst’s Office on the impact ABX1-1 will have on the state’s fiscal condition, the staff study provides Committee members with a rich source of information and questions for the hearing.

For legislation this important and complicated, it has received relatively little scrutiny. The Senate Health Committee’s hearing, will be a long one. Given the substance provided in the analysis, it is likely to be thorough as well. Regardless of the outcome, this can only be a good thing.


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