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We met several nice people there and spent some time with Rosemary
Hale and Lou Greene both from Wells Fargo. If you ever need Merchant
services like credit card services Lou is the man to talk to!
Just tell him Allen Fong sent you and he’ll take good care of you!

My wife and I were honored to be invited to attend the sold out Orange
County Black Chamber of Commerce's 15th Annual Awards Banquet at the
Anaheim Marriott. There was about 900 people there where Aetna the title
sponsor was given the Corporation of the Year Award. Corporation of the
Year Award is given to a corporation in the Southern California community
who has cultivated, implemented and maintained outstanding diversity
leadership in promoting and enhancing the quality of life of African
Americans and other minorities.  Dr. Melissa Welch accepted this award on
Aetna’s behalf.
August 19, 2006
The Sacramento Bee -

Sept. 20: State lawmakers are engaged in special sessions to discuss water
and health issues. Here's a primer on the health care debate.

Q: Why is the Legislature holding a special session on health care issues?

A: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the special session after he was
unable to reach agreement with legislative leaders on a plan to reduce the
number of Californians without health insurance, now estimated at 6.7 million.
The Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers blamed the 52-day
state budget impasse for their failure to reach a compromise during the
regular session. But serious differences remain about how to pay for health
care expansion. Republican lawmakers oppose any fee increases and are
calling for an incremental approach rather than the sweeping changes
proposed by the governor and the Democrats.

Q: How does the special session work?

A: The special session will work much like state budget negotiations. The
governor has been meeting privately with the two Democratic leaders
Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata
and Assembly Republican leader Mike Villines and Senate Republican leader
Dick Ackerman. The chairmen of the Assembly and Senate health committees
and administration health care officials and staff members in the Legislature
are also lending their input. Even without the support of any Republican
lawmakers, the Democratic-dominated Legislature could pass a health care
bill on a simple majority vote. But without a two-thirds vote in the Legislature,
voters would have to approve tax or fee increases to fund any proposal.
Schwarzenegger and Democrats say voters will ultimately make the decision.
Signatures would have to be collected to qualify a ballot initiative, with the
November 2008 general election the likely target. The special session
designation allows the suspension of some legislative rules and allows
measures approved with a majority vote to take effect 90 days after the
session closes.

Q: What are Republicans proposing?

A: Republican lawmakers say the state should encourage market-based
solutions instead of dramatically expanding the role of government in health
care. Among their proposals is creating state health savings accounts, which
the federal government has done. Republicans also want to encourage
expansion of neighborhood clinics, which provide lower-cost care than
hospitals and doctors. They also want to expand the state program of
guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Q: What is the Democratic proposal?

A: Democrats would require employers to spend 7.5 percent of their payroll
on health care and insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Insurers would also be required to spend at least 85 percent of premiums on
medical care. Their proposal would cover two-thirds of the people in the state
without insurance, including all 800,000 children. The cost of employee
contributions to insurance premiums would be capped at 5% of income.
Lurking in the background is a bill by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that
would create a health care system run by the government and financed by
employers and individuals. Kuehl's plan would cover all Californians and do
away with the role of private insurance companies. Her legislation is similar to
the one vetoed last year by Schwarzenegger, who favors more involvement
by private markets.Separately, the California Restaurant Association, which
opposes both the governor's and Democratic proposals, has proposed a
ballot initiative that would create a 1-cent sales tax to fund health care reform.

Q: What is the governor proposing?

A: The governor's $12 billion-a-year universal health care proposal aims to
spread the financial burden among employers, hospitals and doctors. Many
small businesses oppose the requirement that employers spend 4 percent of
payroll on health care. Hospitals have agreed to Schwarzenegger's proposal
to contribute 4 percent of their revenues. But doctors have adamantly
opposed his proposal that they chip in 2 percent of their revenues.
Schwarzenegger would also require individuals to contribute to their health
care, with the state subsidizing the poor.

Q: Isn't it the federal government's job to provide health care? What is it doing
and how will that affect the state's efforts?

A: The federal government provides matching funds for money spent by
states on health care and the proposals under consideration in California call
for maximizing those funds. But federal efforts to reduce the number of
Americans without insurance have been stymied since a universal health care
proposal championed by President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, was
resoundingly defeated 13 years ago. This week, Hillary Clinton, now a
candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, unveiled another health
care plan. It would require every American to have health insurance, offer
generous subsidies to help pay for the policies and seek to tamp down on
rising medical costs. Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, who as
governor of Massachusetts signed a universal health care bill that served as
a model for Schwarzenegger's proposal, dismissed Clinton's proposal as
"European-style socialized medicine."
Well we finally did it we took a couple days actually took off
and I feel everyone should do it even if you are busy
because you may not ever have a chance to do so.
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