California Healthcare in the News
July 28 - 29, 2009
Blue described the governor’s cuts, the mood and some of the language as local healthcare leaders assessed the impact of a state budget that seriously wounds programs for low-income insurance, AIDS prevention, senior care and community clinics.
The day a governor signs a budget bill into law usually marks the end of acrimony, threats and political dodge ball. But this is broke, embattled, politically crippled California, and so with the sweep of his pen, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the door Tuesday for more fights.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed a plan to close California’s $24 billion budget shortfall, after using his line-item veto powers to slash $500 million in spending in addition to $15.6 billion in cuts approved by legislators.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday ended the months-long saga over California’s enormous budget deficit, but not before slashing nearly half a billion dollars more from services to the poor, sick and elderly.
Don’t get too comfortable, California.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign a budget agreement today that will take more than $1.6 billion from state health programs, including those designed to provide children’s health care and keep disabled and elderly people out of nursing homes.
The state budget awaiting the governor’s signature could leave 10,000 or more kids in Sonoma County without medical insurance, county officials said.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a revised $85 billion budget and targeted welfare programs for deeper cuts, prompting opposition Democrats to threaten to block his political agenda during his final months in office.
The emergency room at UC Davis Medical Center is bustling, its waiting room more crowded than ever and its doctors and nurses caring for an increasing stream of patients who can’t possibly pay for services.
The California HealthCare Foundation is launching an ambitious program to study the state’s major health economies, including the Sacramento region, as part of a broad analysis to better understand how local health systems respond to the needs of their communities.
Columns and Editorials:
- California Progress Report: Governor’s Line-Item Cuts Devastate California Health Care
- San Jose Mercury News: Editorial: Cuts in safety net for children go far too deep
- Sacramento Bee: Editorial: Safety net takes hit in this budget
- New York Times: Budgets by the People, for the People
- San Francisco Chronicle: Balanced budget is painful yet still precarious
- Los Angeles Times: James Rainey: Media needs to deepen coverage of healthcare reform
- Los Angeles Times: Does Schwarzenegger care about nursing care?
- Washington Post: A Bipartisan Plan on Health Care? Try Two
- Washington Post: Baucus Touts Lower Cost of Compromise Health Care Bill
- Politico: House Republicans plan August health care blitz
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