Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Gov. Brown Talks Health Care, 4 Terms in Office
By admin
Published 5 years ago on
December 19, 2018

Share

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Tuesday that Republicans would face disastrous electoral consequences if a federal judge’s ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act holds.

“It will build such a backlash that the Democrats will not only overtake the Senate, they’ll win the presidency and they’ll win enough momentum, particularly on the issue of health care, it will be replaced with something even better.” — Gov. Jerry Brown
“It will build such a backlash that the Democrats will not only overtake the Senate, they’ll win the presidency and they’ll win enough momentum, particularly on the issue of health care, it will be replaced with something even better,” Brown said.
The Democratic governor called last week’s decision by a Texas judge to strike down the entire law “a bump in the road.” But he also said California would not be able to afford its Medicaid expansion if the federal government stops picking up most of the tab, as outlined under the health law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of states in defending the federal law signed by former President Barack Obama.
The ruling does not immediately stop the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled to uphold it.

Preparing to Leave Office After Record Four Terms

Brown spoke about the health care law during an appearance at the Sacramento Press Club as he prepares to leave office on Jan. 7 after serving a record four terms. In a meandering question-and-answer session with reporters and Brown family biographer, Miriam Pawel, Brown reflected on his tenure, defended major infrastructure projects and talked about the difficulties of waging a presidential campaign.
Brown, 80, was elected in 1974 at age 36 and served for eight years, then elected again in 2011 for two more terms. He also ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1982, sought the presidency three times, headed the California Democratic Party, and served as mayor of Oakland and California attorney general.
Asked if it was a mistake to run for president three times, Brown responded with a simple “yes,” then added, “one too many times.” He declined to say which if any Californians he thinks could take on Trump in 2020 but said it’s difficult to run a nationwide race from a home base of California.
“You’ve got to be in the mix on the East Coast, that’s still where the power is,” he said.

Defending High-Speed Rail

Brown defended his plans to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco and to build two massive water tunnels to reorganize how water is transported from Northern California to the drier south. Both projects are mired in environmental and other lawsuits and will not be completed before Brown leaves office.

“What am I proud of? That’s something you can ask me on the ranch when I’ve been there a couple of years.” — Gov. Jerry Brown
The cost of high-speed rail is now estimated at $77 billion and the state lacks the money to build a tunnel under the Pacheco Pass for a segment of the train from the Central Valley to San Francisco. Brown said Democrats in Congress should provide more money for the project if Washington passes an infrastructure spending bill as President Donald Trump has promised.
Brown plans to move to a ranch in Colusa County on old family property with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, when his tenure ends. In his characteristic style, Brown chafed when asked about his proudest accomplishment, saying he prefers to look ahead and keep working.
“What am I proud of?” he said. “That’s something you can ask me on the ranch when I’ve been there a couple of years.”

DON'T MISS

Investigators Have Name & Face for Suspected Arsonist Who Left Notes at Fresno Homes

DON'T MISS

Gavin Newsom and Top Democrats Are Deciding California’s Budget Behind Closed Doors

DON'T MISS

Fresno State Is 1 of Carnegie Foundation’s 25 Leadership for Public Purpose Colleges

DON'T MISS

As the Flag Drops at Le Mans, Remembering the 3 Americans Who Won in 1978

DON'T MISS

Paw-sitively Spikey: The Rise of a Supermutt!

DON'T MISS

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

DON'T MISS

The Latest | Hezbollah Says Its Intensified Attacks Show Israel That All-out War Would Be Costly

DON'T MISS

Alex Jones’ Assets Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Debt as Infowars’ Fate Decided

DON'T MISS

California Senate Passes Ban on Schools Notifying Parents of Child’s Pronoun Changes

DON'T MISS

Cal State LA President Bars Pro-Palestinian Protesters After Building Takeover

UP NEXT

California Senate Passes Ban on Schools Notifying Parents of Child’s Pronoun Changes

UP NEXT

California Legislators Break with Gov. Newsom Over Loan to Keep Last Nuclear Plant Running

UP NEXT

California’s Manure-to-Fuel Solution Grows, Critics Warn of Community Risks

UP NEXT

Squaw Valley Man Allegedly Killed by Lifelong Friend

UP NEXT

Wonderful Co. Seeks to Halt Union Card-Check Law Amid Protests in Bakersfield

UP NEXT

Tyson Foods Heir Suspended as CFO After Second Alcohol-Related Arrest

UP NEXT

Dos Rios Ranch State Park Opens in Modesto After Nearly 20-Year Wait

UP NEXT

Supreme Court, Siding With Starbucks, Makes It Harder for NLRB to Win Court Orders in Labor Disputes

UP NEXT

These California Dams Need Repairs, but Newsom Plans to Cut Grants in Half

UP NEXT

Some California Officials Can Meet Remotely. For Local Advisory Boards, State Lawmakers Say No

As the Flag Drops at Le Mans, Remembering the 3 Americans Who Won in 1978

12 hours ago

Paw-sitively Spikey: The Rise of a Supermutt!

15 hours ago

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

15 hours ago

The Latest | Hezbollah Says Its Intensified Attacks Show Israel That All-out War Would Be Costly

16 hours ago

Alex Jones’ Assets Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Debt as Infowars’ Fate Decided

17 hours ago

California Senate Passes Ban on Schools Notifying Parents of Child’s Pronoun Changes

17 hours ago

Cal State LA President Bars Pro-Palestinian Protesters After Building Takeover

17 hours ago

Supreme Court Overturns Trump-Era Bump Stock Ban, Reigniting Political Debate

17 hours ago

Trump’s 78th Birthday Showcases Loyalty from Fans and Republicans

17 hours ago

California Legislators Break with Gov. Newsom Over Loan to Keep Last Nuclear Plant Running

17 hours ago

Investigators Have Name & Face for Suspected Arsonist Who Left Notes at Fresno Homes

Fresno Fire Department investigators have identified a woman whom they think left handwritten notes at homes before lighting them on fire. F...

10 hours ago

10 hours ago

Investigators Have Name & Face for Suspected Arsonist Who Left Notes at Fresno Homes

12 hours ago

Gavin Newsom and Top Democrats Are Deciding California’s Budget Behind Closed Doors

12 hours ago

Fresno State Is 1 of Carnegie Foundation’s 25 Leadership for Public Purpose Colleges

1978 Le Mans: 3 Americans in France
12 hours ago

As the Flag Drops at Le Mans, Remembering the 3 Americans Who Won in 1978

15 hours ago

Paw-sitively Spikey: The Rise of a Supermutt!

15 hours ago

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

16 hours ago

The Latest | Hezbollah Says Its Intensified Attacks Show Israel That All-out War Would Be Costly

17 hours ago

Alex Jones’ Assets Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Debt as Infowars’ Fate Decided

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend