I thought doing a round-up of news stories on the Assembly Health Committee’s approval of ABX1-1 (Nunez) and defeat of ABX1-9 (Villines) would be easy to pull together. It’s the most activity yet during the two-month old special legislative session on health care reform. True, the outcome was no surprise. And as I wrote yesterday, the most important takeaway is that there’s no deal yet. But still, something actually happened.
Turns out there’s not a lot of rounding up to do. The Sacramento Bee has a story summarizing what happened as does the California Progress Report blog. But the event didn’t make it into many newspapers. I don’t think this reflects any potency in health care reform as a news item of concern to Californians. Rather it seems to reflect the reality that yesterday’s committee hearing was more perfunctory than meaningful. Like sharks, legislation needs to keep moving to live. So ABX1-1 kept moving. But as the hearing gave no hint that a deal between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic Leadership was imminent, that’s the only purpose it served — to keep things moving.
At least that seems to be the conventional wisdom. In yesterday’s post I noted the support of Labor and progressive community groups behind ABX1-1, at least in principle, as noteworthy. But I guess it didn’t rise in importance to a level sufficient to justify editors using this news to separate the Macys ads from the Kohl’s advertisements.