Health care: CA so close to leading the nation

This will be Schwarzenegger's greatest legacy !

California is leading the country in implementing and improving the new Federal health care law. Thanks to your efforts, we passed several critical health reform implementation bills earlier this month that are now sitting on the Governor's desk and awaiting his signature!

Last week we asked you to call the Governor's office and urge him to sign two important first-in-the-nation bills (AB1602 and SB900) that create California's health insurance exchange, allowing consumers to easily compare plans, get coverage and access federal subsidies to make coverage more affordable!

Today we need you to continue the calls for these bills and others that implement and improve the new federal law. One such bill is SB890 (Alquist/Steinberg), which would help consumers by enabling them to make smart choices based on "apples-to-apples" comparisons between health insurance plans, while also eliminating annual or lifetime caps on coverage!

Call Governor Schwarzenegger today and urge him to stand up for these important consumer protections and sign the exchange bills and SB890!

Call 916-445-2841 to speak with the Governor's office TODAY!

We all know how complex and confusing purchasing insurance on the individual market can be. Sometimes it's simply impossible to know what a plan covers and what it doesn't. Too often, this has devastating impacts on consumers, who thought they were covered by their insurance, only to later incur overwhelming medical debt that put them in jeopardy of losing their savings or their homes!

But SB890 would change that by classifying health plans in tiers (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) to allow consumers better ability to make "apples-to-apples" comparisons. If passed, the bill would also take the next important step towards implementing health reform with regard to prohibiting annual or lifetime limits on coverage!

The Governor now has just two weeks to sign these critical bills into law before the deadline runs out at the end of this month!

Call Governor Schwarzenegger today and urge him to sign SB890 and stand up for these important consumer protections!

Call 916-445-2841 to speak with the Governor's office TODAY!

Bilbray, Issa and the GOP scheming to overturn the new health care legislation.

It's been just six months after enactment of the new law, and already the Republican Party is declaring its intent to repeal the legislation. On Sept. 23, several significant consumer protections take effect 1 that end the worst of insurance company abuses. The Republicans voted against every single one of these protections.2

The new health care law has many benefits, including:

* Requiring that insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions.
* Making it illegal for insurance companies to drop coverage for people who get sick.
* Cracking down on unjustified premium hikes.
* Placing a cap on out-of-pocket health care costs.
* Providing free preventive care.

When the Republicans say they want to repeal the health care law, they're talking about giving health care back to the insurance companies so they can deny our care, drop us when we get sick and jack up our rates whenever they please.

Their repeal proposal is as coldhearted as it is unworkable3 and would add $143 billion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years according to the Congressional Budget Office.4

But the Republicans miss the point. Today is not about the Democrats or any political party. It's not about competing over a news cycle, and it's not about election year "plans" or partisan rhetoric.

In Solidarity,

Melinda Gibson
Health Care for America Now

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