Sen. Boxer, Other Calif. Representatives Discuss Health Care Reform Bills
On Monday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Congress will pass health care reform legislation this year, although it is too soon to predict what provisions it will include, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
Boxer spoke to a group of health care professionals following her tour of the Riverside County Regional Medical Center, the county's public hospital.
She said the current health care system is unsustainable for local, state and federal governments. She added that she would support a bill that benefits California and its residents.
Boxer also cited a New America Foundation report that suggests that California's employer-based family insurance plans in 2016 will cost $25,682, or about 41% of the state's projected median family income (Hines, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/24).
Other Health Care Events
Several California Congress members are holding meetings on health care reform during Congress' August recess. Headlines about prior and upcoming events are provided below.
- Rep. Joe Baca (D): "Town-Hall Meeting Focuses on Health Care" (Hernandez, San Bernardino County Sun, 8/22).
- Rep. Dan Lungren (R): "Lungren Health Care Forum Draws SRO Crowd in Jackson" (Calvan, Sacramento Bee, 8/23).
- Rep. Jerry McNerney (D): "Health Care Reform Opponents Rally Outside McNerney's Office" (Jastrow, Contra Costa Times, 8/22).
- Rep. Devin Nunes (R): "Crowd Peaceful at Nunes' Health Care Forum" (Hurley, Visalia Times-Delta, 8/21).
- Rep. Ed Royce (R): "Hundreds Pack O.C. Health Care Reform Town Hall" (Perkes, Orange County Register, 8/22).
- Rep. Maxine Waters (D): "Rep. Maxine Waters a Hard-Liner for Public Health Care Option" (Lin, Los Angeles Times, 8/23).
- Waters: "Maxine Waters Health Care Town Hall Draws Cheers" (Grossberg, Torrance Daily Breeze, 8/22).