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Lawmaker Wants Voters To Decide Fate Of Health Care Overhaul Plan



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
A Republican state senator is criticizing state and federal efforts to pass a major overhaul to the health care system.   
And, he wants California voters to have a final say on any plan that would require everyone to have coverage.  

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
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Senator Tony Strickland of Thousand Oaks has written a bill that would require the public to decide if a proposed “universal” health care system should be approved...
 
Strickland:    “This measure will ensure voters will have a voice in the health care debate rather than allow out of touch politicians to make costly and ineffective decisions regarding something as personal as the choice of their doctor...”
 
Strickland wants to get his measure passed by the legislature and on the ballot soon.  

He hopes it will derail a competing health care bill that the state senate recently passed and carries a 200 billion dollar price tag. 

That measure was written by Democratic Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco...
 
Leno:   “Our medicare for all single payer bill merely takes that same 200-billion dollars and spends it much more efficiently and effectively so that all Californians can have health care coverage...”
 
Leno says his bill also would require final approval by voters. 

That’s if he can get it signed by Governor Schwarzengger, who’s vetoed similar measures in the past.  
 
 
 
 
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