For information about SB 840 Universal Health Insurance Bill
A good blog discussion at
Links (there are many others pro and con if you use Google)
The Governor has a 24 HOUR automated voting system set up that will
take messages on SB 840 specifically. When you call press 1 (for
English), then 2 (to speak out on issues), then 4 (for SB 840), then
You can call and place a vote now at 916-445-2841
I did this and was not able to leave a message, only place a yes or no vote.
You can email the governor your opinion at
I do not personally know whether this is a well-crafted bill yet or not, I am posting it because it's such a relevant issue for our community, both for businesses and families.
I do have a comment about reform in general: according to Public Citizen, less than 50% of health care dollars we spend today go to actual care, the rest go to support a truly massive (mostly private) bureaucracy and profit. Unfortunately, profit incentives to delay and deny care encourage more, not less, bureaucracy. In other words, the efficiencies of the marketplace have fostered a bureaucracy the likes of which any non-profit or government agency would be hard-pressed to emulate.
Of course, by the example of other sectors of the economy where the consumer can essentially be held hostage -- utilities, water, sewer, to name a few -- generally private control doesn't provide added value, it's just too easy to take advantage. In those areas, government often does a better, more efficient and more effective job. We're not asking government to provide the care, simply to administer a single-payer insurance.
We need a system that functions primarily to provide good care. At this point, I think we shouldn't be afraid of trying a new way to finance health care. I'm at least going to read the bill very carefully and voice my opinion to the Governor.
I would love to see a thoughtful discussion on THIS bill specifically.