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White House Forum on Health Reform Attracts Varied Voices
Last week the fifth and final White House Regional Forum on Health Reform took place at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Speakers included California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, Childrens Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, and the event was moderated by Dr Mehmet Oz who appears regularly on the Oprah show. A preselected audience shared personal stories, and some questions were chosen from those submitted at the Obama administration's Health Reform site.
California seemed an appropriate site for the event, as more than 12 million Californians lacked health insurance at some point in 2007 or 2008, according to a Families USA report.
WH Health Reform Forum to have Dr. Oz as moderator, many same participants as Gov's HC summit in 06. Like HS reunion... It seems as long ago.
Appropriate that event is in Los Angeles-ground zero for health crisis in US. CA has one of the worst uninsured rates-worse if just SoCal...
Good size of single payer rally, closing street outside Endowment.
In related news, the California Universal Health Care Act (Senator Leno, SB810) -- a single-payer bill that promises every state resident medical, dental, vision, hospitalization and prescription drug benefits, as well as a focus on primary care and prevention -- passed out of the California Senate Health Committee this week and is headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Two years ago the same bill (then SB840, introduced by Senator Kuehl), passed the California legislature and was twice vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.