Governor’s painful plans |

Governor’s painful plans

Gov. Schwarzenegger recently announced that he will start collecting signatures for ballot measures for a potential special election this November. This special election will cost millions of dollars and may result in dramatic impacts on health care programs in California.

Most troubling to health advocates is the governor’s anticipated support of a measure to change state budgeting, which would limit the state’s ability to provide health care and other vital services. And yet, the governor has vetoed several bills that would provide low-cost prescription drugs for the uninsured, underinsured and seniors in California.

California has the largest population on Medicaid (MediCal). A large percentage of our residents are uninsured. We have the lowest cost per person on Medicaid (MediCal).

Remember what your grandmother said: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. According to the World Health Organization, the United States ranks 38th in the world for what we pay and what we received regarding health care services.

Please call the governor and ask him not to harm our already vulnerable and underfunded health care system. His Sacramento office number is (916) 445-2841.

Barbara Larsen

Nevada City

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