Doubts, meanwhile, are mounting about the administration's competence to manage the complexity of a reformed immigration system, given the problems with the healthcare law. "There's a loss of confidence in the government's ability," former Los Angeles Major Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and proponent of the immigration reform bill, said at an event this month.
"Clearly, the last few months, our experience with [the] Affordable Care Act does not help when you look at other big things like immigration reform."
Today I am calling for a special session to deal with those issues that must be decided quickly if California is to get the Affordable Care Act started by next January. The broader expansion of Medi-Cal that the Act calls for is incredibly complex and will take more time. Working out the right relationship with the counties will test our ingenuity and will not be achieved overnight. Given the costs involved, great prudence should guide every step of the way.
Q: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
In particular, Carly believes it's essential that decisions about care stay in the hands of patients, their families and their doctors. The decisions a patient must make are complicated, and the right decision for one patient may be different than the right decision for another. Unfortunately, the bill making its way through Congress right now does not accomplish this and will come at a significant cost to taxpayers.
Carly also recognizes that, when trying to tackle tough and complicated problems, the most effective strategy is to start by taking clear steps that we know will make a difference now. For example, medical malpractice reform, increasing accessibility to community clinics and encouraging competition in the health insurance market can all help reduce health care costs without sacrificing quality.
|2012 Presidential contenders on Health Care:|
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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