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Schwarzenegger vetoes bill restricting insurers' ability to cancel policies of sick patients

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure that would have restricted the ability of insurance companies to cancel the policies of sick patients and signed into law a bill honoring Harvey Milk as he rushed to act on 704 bills before their midnight signing deadline Sunday.

The governor vetoed 229 of the bills, but did not carry through on his threat to reject hundreds more as punishment for legislative leaders' failure to reach a bipartisan deal on upgrading the state's water system. Schwarzenegger said sufficient progress had been made in the water talks to move the bills off his desk.

The health insurance bill, AB 2 by Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate), addressed a practice known as rescission, a practice The Times has reported extensively about. It can involve insurance companies removing patients with serious, costly illnesses from their rolls retroactively.

Congressional investigators uncovered cases in which insurance officials were rewarded by their companies for finding excuses -- such as a form being filled out incompletely during enrollment -- to take policies away from some of the sickest patients.

Schwarzenegger said he supports protecting such patients but state regulators have implemented reforms that are doing so, significantly decreasing the number of rescissions since 2005.

"The market has changed -- and it is because of my Administration’s strong action in this area," he wrote in his veto message. He also criticized provisions of the bill that he said benefited "trial lawyers rather than consumers."

Other bills he rejected included bids to force any extension of the 710 Freeway to be done underground, ban pay hikes for top administrators at public universities in bad budget years and tighten oversight on fertility clinics.

Those he signed included a measure to create a day of recognition for gay activist and political leader Harvey Milk, one intended to combat human trafficking and an anti-drunk-driving bill requiring DUI offenders in some counties to install devices in their vehicles that test blood-alcohol content before the vehicles can be started.

Schwarzenegger also called a special legislative session on water to start this week.

-- Evan Halper in Sacramento

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Gee, Arnold, we can see how much you care about people when they are at their most financially dicey.

Disgusting!

I guess Arnold wants to continue in his roll as Terminator. Let the sick die to preserve insurance profits.

This is intolerable. The Governator is willing to harm the citizens of California unless he gets his way. Someone please put him in the time-out chair where he belongs.

As a Christian, I work diligently on not Judging others, lest I be judged by the standards I apply.

The Governor's ill-advised and unfortunate decision to veto the much-needed health insurance bill, AB 2 written by Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) goes against what the Bible (Isaiah 58:6-8; Leviticus 25:35-36; and Matthew 25:34-40) spells out that Christians must do to care for those less fortunate then others.

This noble bill addresses the practice known as rescission, a practice The LA Times has reported extensively about which allows insurance companies to remove ill patients with serious, costly illnesses from their rolls retroactively.

As a Christian, I will not judge Arnold, all I will do is sincerely pray for his much needed God-given salvation, and those of everyone who ill-advised and unfortunately influenced his decision to veto the much-needed health insurance bill, AB 2.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Let me get this straight: "The governor vetoed 229 of the bills, but did not carry through on his threat to reject hundreds more as punishment for legislative leaders' failure to reach a bipartisan deal on upgrading the state's water system." Punish the legislative leaders? Is this high school politics or what? Excuse me, Mr. Governor, but the last time I looked, the citizens of this state were affected by legislation, or the lack of it. Let's make sure that those legislators learn their lesson, and if my mother's health insurance plan gets cancelled because she had the audacity to develop cancer, well, I guess there will always be collateral damages, right?

PUTZ!

Way to go Arnold! Did you smoke to much Marijuana or did the steroids damage your brain? Yes, let the insurances cancel policies on the poor and sick people so that WE taxpayer can go on and pay for them. It's time to leave office my Austrian friend. Go do what you do best, fiction movies.

It looks like Arnold decided to lose his backbone. After all the name calling in the state capital, it turns out the he is the real girly man.

It is unbelievable to me that the worst governor in the United States is even worse than that. How DARE that ignorant movie star and utterly incompetent politician give the green light to odious insurance company practices. He himself is piggy-rich, so he will never face the problems of the citizens in his state, but he's one piggy I would happily kick to the curb if his insurance dumped him when he gets sick ... just as he is kicking sick people to the curb. The very sick people that have been dumped by their insurance companies for being sick.

Outrageous. Disgusting.

How can we believe this Governor?

He speaks in favor of health reform, then vetoes a bill that would go a long way toward ensuring that Californians cannot be held hostage by health insurance carriers looking for ways to wiggle out of their contractual obligations. It's shameful that instead of doing right by the people of the Golden State, Schwarzenegger makes policy on the basis of his party's antipathy toward so-called "trial lawyers."

Policy should be made on the basis of what benefits the people, not what harms specific target groups.

Healthcare is the most important investment a society can make to protect and preserve its long-term competitiveness. Too bad too many don't understand that.

Time to end the sick alliance of the GOP and the insurers.

Well....what did we expect? Profits over people, as usual. His "Administration's stong actions in this area"...What actions is he talking about? It seems that almost weekly there is another story of denied coverage or rescission.

I wonder how a person can work, pay their medical premiums, then go into a doctor and find out they have a medical condition that needs attention and then get the middle finger from their healthcare provider (with the Governator standing right behind them).

Well....what did we expect? Profits over people, as usual. His "Administration's stong actions in this area"...What actions is he talking about? It seems that almost weekly there is another story of denied coverage or rescission.

I wonder how a person can work, pay their medical premiums, then go into a doctor and find out they have a medical condition that needs attention and then get the middle finger from their healthcare provider (with the Governator standing right behind them).

What is wrong with this man?

So much for separation of church and state...

We have a responsibility as taxpayers and citizens to judge an elected official's performance and consequently demand that they perform in the context to which they were elected and entrusted by the people.

Republican health plan:
1. Dont get sick
2. If you do get sick, die quickly, we'll help.


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