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Fending off an attack on nonprofit hospitals
Capitol Weekly

Last week, the Assembly Appropriations Committee derailed Assembly Bill (AB) 975 by moving it to the Suspense File, recognizing the many negative impacts, including the high unnecessary costs to the state. Those who know and care about health care are relieved, because the special interest attack on nonprofit hospitals was the poster child for how interest groups abuse the legislative process by undergoing a pointless series of amendments just to stay alive.

AB 975 is a problem in search of a solution. The bill conflicts with one of Governor Jerry Brown’s and the Legislature’s top priorities – implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  It also threatens local organizations that today provide low and no-cost health services throughout California’s most diverse communities.