published on October 22, 2018 - 3:12 PM
Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.

I never thought I would say this, but there may be a day when I miss Jerry Brown.

Indeed he has presided over the state’s ever-leftward migration, but he has also proven a pragmatist and bottom-line type of guy on some issues.

Among the last batch of nearly 20,000 bills Gov. Brown considered in his 16 years as governor, he vetoed AB 2384 and SB 399 – two bills the California Chamber of Commerce opposed because they would increase health care premiums.

AB 2384, authored by Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula of Fresno, would have required medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse disorders, as well as eliminate cost- and quality-control mechanisms, according to the CalChamber. For example, patients could shift to higher-priced treatments, away from lower-priced treatments, without providing benefits equal to the cost.

SB 399, authored by Sen. Anthony Portantino of Southern California, would have revised qualification standards for providers of behavioral health treatment for people with autism. This would make it harder for health care issuers to manage behavioral analysis for autistic kids, and reduce training requirements for providers.

Gov. Brown recognized these bills would add to the cost of health care, which will be a key issue for employers and families moving forward. My question is, should Republican candidate John Cox fall short of votes next month, would a Gov. Gavin Newsom issue the same vetoes?

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