Statement by Mike Russo, Health Care Advocate and Staff Attorney for CALPIRG:
“We welcome Gov. Schwarzenegger’s announcement today that he has released the details of his health care reform proposal. Now all sides have put their cards on the table, and lawmakers can continue shaping the comprehensive health care reform California needs.
“The current proposal will limit the insurance companies’ ability to deny sick Californians coverage and charge them higher premiums. It also requires insurance companies to spend 85 percent of premium dollars on health care, assuring consumers that their monthly premiums go to health benefits, not administrative overhead or excess profits.