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Assembly Speaker Perez on progress of getting federal funds for California

California Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-LA)
California Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-LA)
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Assembly Speaker John Perez is in Washington, D.C. this week. He’s meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House officials, and congressional leaders, looking for money that California can use to pay for its share of new health care mandates.

California has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country – a third of adults under 65 have no insurance. Governor Schwarzenegger was there not that long ago, looking for money.

(Audio: KPCC's Steve Julian asked him about how much money is he looking for and whether he's asking only for money.)