The determination of the nurses along with all supporters of SB 562 is to be applauded.
Yes, there are problems with the bill, however, there are always negotiations with stakeholders as the bill moves through the legislative process. Language is struck, amendments added, the bill moves from committee to committee to floor vote to the opposite house and then back to the house of origin for a concurrent vote if language has been changed.
The real reason Speaker Rendon blocked the bill is exactly what was said in this article . . . no political will . . . or rather the political will has been purchased by campaign contributors. As long as big money is part of the election campaign process and does NOT have to be disclosed to the voters we will deal with stalls and outright opposition from the very people we elected to serve us.
The supporters of SB 562 and supporters of any bill that will seriously help we the people need to stand in support with the California DISCLOSE Act.
Supporters of the California DISCLOSE Act have been working for six years to get a DISCLOSE act that is easily viewed on campaign ads themselves and will reveal the REAL funders of the advertising through the maze of Sacramento. This year there is every reason to expect a 2/3 majority vote to help it pass in time for 2018 elections, yet Sacramento is finding ways to stall it. Why? Perhaps, they like the way the game is rigged and don't want to see serious change? Are they bowing to "special interests," as it appears with SB 562? To take Single Payer to a ballot initiative without a strong CA DISCLOSE Act in place would be an act in futility. Special interests will just dump millions of dollars on misleading advertising to kill the ballot initiative just as they did with Prop 61 last year.
Are "We the People" angry enough to persevere and hold our public servants accountable? Will we expose electeds that clearly engage in quid pro quo by passing legislation favorable to special interests or stopping legislation that favors their constituents while possibly reducing profits for their campaign contributors? There is so much at stake here. Yes, Americans/Calfiornians deserve Universal Healthcare just like every citizen in other industrialized countries receive, and, we are also fighting for our democratic process. Stand together, take action and revitalize democracy!