Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, spoke to KHTS on Friday about his impressions of a special legislative session called by Gov. Jerry Brown to address potential obstacles to implementing the Affordable Health Care Act.
Also known as Obamacare, the sweeping health care reforms will transform the landscape of how Americans pay for their health provisions.
(Click here for the podcast of a KHTS exclusive interview with Assemblyman Wilk .)
Wilk expressed concerns over the plan, but ultimately, he notes that the plan has withstood challenges and appears here to stay. Now, all that can be done is to enact it as judiciously as possible.
"Whether you like it or not, at least the platform for the AHCA is private enterprise in the private sector," Wilk said. "So I think it's incumbent upon us to make sure we do everything we can to implement it correctly."
Wilk figures to play a significant role in how this legislation plays out as a member of the Assembly's Health Care Committee.
"We're not going to go back to the old system. You're going to see people try and push even further and have the government completely take over," he said. "I really believe it's a legacy opportunity to implement this new law in the right way."
Here's the original news release from Brown's office:
A PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
WHEREAS, an extraordinary circumstance has arisen and now exists requiring that the Legislature of the State of California be convened in extraordinary session;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with Section 3(b) of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of California, hereby convene the Legislature of the State of California to meet in extraordinary session in Sacramento, California, on the 28th day of January, 2013, at a time to be determined, for the following purpose:
To consider and act upon legislation necessary to implement the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), in the following areas:
a. California’s private health coverage market, and rules and regulations governing the individual and small group markets related to guaranteed issue of coverage, pre-existing condition exclusions, rating restrictions, and any other requirements necessary to conform state law to federal rules.
b. California’s Medi-Cal program and changes that are necessary to implement federal law, including requirements for eligibility, enrollment, and retention.
c. Options that allow low-cost health coverage to be provided to individuals who have income up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level within the California Health Benefit Exchange, to the extent allowed by federal law or regulations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 24th day of January 2013.