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All the promises, confused comments and best intentions are now being put into legalese as hearings intensify on health care reform legislation in Sacramento. April 27 is the deadline for lawmakers to complete work on bills that have fiscal impact -- they can push them ahead, vote them down or shelve them.
Here are the current key reform bills (nothing as yet from Gov. Schwarzenegger): SB 840, from Sen. Sheila Kuehl; SB 236, from Sen. George Runner; SB 48, from Sen. Don Perata; and AB 8, from Assembly Member Fabian Nunez.
Here are a couple of ways to follow developments. You can follow the bills, step by step (with a modest time delay), via the state legislative web site at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html
And, in a more reader friendly though not necessarily as timely way, via this site from the California HealthCare Foundation: http://www.calhealthreform.org/
Other health-care sniglets:
On a happy note, President Bush is proposing extra money for a fund designed to clean up toxic leaks from subterranean gasoline tanks -- that fund is called the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund, known by the acronym LUST.