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HEALTH CARE measure seeks public option, rollbacks – SF Chronicle

August 25, 2011

President Obama, surrounded by guests and lawmakers including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco (right), signs the health care insurance overhaul law in March 2010.

Health care measure seeks public option, rollbacks

Carla Marinucci,Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writers

Thursday, August 25, 2011

As Republicans try to make President Obama’s landmark health care law a key issue in the 2012 election, a leading California consumer rights group wants to shift the debate by offering a groundbreaking state ballot measure calling for a public option, a 20 percent rate rollback and tough oversight of premiums.

The initiative, aimed at California’s November 2012 ballot, is being organized by Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica group responsible for Proposition 103, the landmark 1988 ballot measure that established regulatory and cost oversight of state auto insurance rates.

Consumer Watchdog Executive Director Jamie Court said the proposal represents “about the only forward movement toward patients” in the U.S. health care debate since the Affordable Care Act, the president’s bill that passed Congress last year. Republicans refer to it as “Obamacare.”

“This will be a bellwether for America,” Court said in an interview Wednesday. “If California passes a 20 percent rate rollback and the right of citizens to bypass private insurances in favor of a public plan, then every other major state will do that, too.”

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