Since I don’t understand “corruption” and whatnot, I thought I’d post this since it only recently went live:
I found it interesting since I said this, which you well remember, a month ago:
Do you think this might be why Lara didn’t include any financing at all in SB 562? Maybe he didn’t want to run for statewide office on levying a 15% payroll tax, as his Committee analysis discussed? He also took $91,000 from the healthcare lobbies and I believe his coauthor, Atkins, took $120,000 this last cycle. Weird, right?
Paul Ryan didn’t send Mitch McConnell a bill absent financing, but Lara sure sent one to the Assembly. That’s the crappiest legislative strategy I’ve ever heard of, but a great political one if you are looking for campaign foot soldiers and want campaign coffers full.
I just say all this because you seem really hung up on the fact that in May-June, I felt differently about the SB 562 than I did in February-April. Of course, I didn’t know Lara was running for insurance commissioner initially, and certainly didn’t know the Senate Appropriations Chair, the guy responsible for finance language, had no intention of writing any until after it left Lara’s committee at the end of May. Even then, I hoped he’d adopt a formal report to guide his colleagues. Call me naive.
I know this will come as a shock, but I still support Lara’s bill in principle, but I just don’t think he was ever serious about it. I’m angry at him and Nurses United’s president because I think it was a sham effort. As commissioner, he’ll support the union in negotiations and the union will support him in donations while people like me, who protested for healthcare awareness back in May, get used.
As for the governor, here’s my take:
Last, I want to apologize for this:
“I’m beginning to get the feeling that you resent anyone who knows a bit more about healthcare policy than you.”
Wasn’t necessary and was poor form.