Supporters say Prop 17 will lower insurance rates for 82% of California drivers. Opponents ask, why would an insurance company sponsor a measure that might cost it money? Also tonight, a report that patients wait an average of 35 hours at LA’s biggest public emergency room. Also, In the wake of the Gulf oil spill—climate change is back on the Senate’s agenda. Is a new bill a collection of deals for special interests? Does it have a chance to pass?
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Supporters say Prop 17 will lower insurance rates for 82% of California drivers. Opponents ask, why would an insurance company sponsor a measure that might cost it money? Proposition 17 in next month’s election. The ballot says, “Allows auto insurance companies to base their prices in part on a driver’s history of insurance coverage.” Mercury General has put up 10 million dollars for Prop 17, and it’s an auto insurance company. Opponents claim that’s all you need to know.
LA County officials are investigating a complaint about wait time at Big County—that’s County/USC Hospital, LA’s largest public hospital. Today’s LA Times reports that a healthcare professional says the emergency room is so crowded the average waiting time is 35 hours. We called the County Department of Health Services, which said anyone who could speak was in a meeting. The hospital itself said they’d been told not to talk with the media. Jim Lott is Executive Vice President of Hospital Association of Southern California…representing public as well as private hospitals.
In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, polls by environmental groups show majorities of this year’s voters favor climate-change legislation. Republicans for Environmental Preservation found that even Tea Partiers hostile to Big Government would support caps on greenhouse emissions. But when Democrat John Kerry and Independent Joe Lieberman unveiled a climate-change compromise yesterday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called it “a job-killing national tax” that Republicans will oppose.
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post national affairs correspondent (@eilperin)
Daniel Weiss, Center for American Progress
Julian Morris, Environmental Economist and Executive Director, International Policy Network
Frank O'Donnell, President, Clean Air Watch
Roger Martella, Partner, Environmental Practice Group
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