Steven Mikulan: AB 1263 that Brown vetoed would have addressed California’s acute shortage of medical translators by permitting the state to spend $200,000 to gain access to $270 million in Affordable Care Act funds to create about 7,000 interpreter jobs within 10 years.
Robert Reich: Our real economic problem continues to be a dearth of good jobs along with widening inequality. Cutting the budget deficit may make both worse, by reducing total demand for goods and services and eliminating programs that lower-income Americans depend on.
Berry Craig: If nothing else, Gov. Steve Beshear has shown the country that not all Kentucky politicians are “wacko birds” and partisan obstructionists who think the Affordable Care Act is the spawn of Satan.
Tina Dupuy: The tea party/Heritage Foundation/Koch brothers trinity have co-opted the Revolutionary War’s Gasden Flag, the yellow flag with a rattle snake warning “don’t tread on me.” A more apt illustration would be a snake eating its own tail while accusing Obama of cannibalism.
Tina Dupuy: Beltway prattle within the paradigm of who’s winning and who’s losing doesn’t register the impact of affordable health care on the struggling working class. They’re not an abstract—they’re my family.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The administration will have to rely on the current offensive initiatives to undue a lot of the bad feelings and misinformation that were established early on – but as the saying goes, better late than never.
Julie Driscoll: Forever 21 has joined the list of companies chorusing, “Of course it’s not about Obamacare, we’re just reassessing our employee needs,” while slashing employees’ hours, benefits and pay.
Randy Shaw: AT&T’s proposed hijacking of the LifeLine program is particularly surprising in light of Democratic Party control of the California Legislature and the Governor Brown-appointed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) strong opposition to AB 1407.
Julie Warner: The reason why there is a market for unregulated enhancement drugs and why people are turning to foreign or online drug dispensaries is drug prices which continue to grow beyond inflation.
Brent Budowsky: Democrats should not be trapped into defending the healthcare status quo. They should champion the most effective and popular aspects of the law, and champion more aggressively than ever the more progressive (and popular) reforms that should have been included.
Julie Warner: The most fascinating aspect of the single-payer healthcare debate in California, and as such LA, is that during the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a bill which provided for single-payer healthcare actually passed through both houses of the legislature.
Joseph Palermo: Our political leaders and courts are clearly incapable of providing the needed “check” on the inevitable abuses that will occur when the government chooses to keep a domestic spying behemoth behind a veil of state secrecy.
Brent Budowsky: Ironic that when the final legacy of President Obama is written, it will include his championing of a surveillance state of a kind that that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, established over the objection at that time of Barack Obama.
Wendy McElroy: Unions are dropping their enthusiasm for Obamacare. Some push for the new subsidies. Others bristle over the excise tax. Many protest the impact of health care cutbacks by employers who cannot afford to fully implement Obamacare.