“Deliberate Obstruction” Alleged In CA Prison Health Care Crisis


In his harshest critique of California officials, the court-appointed overseer of health care in state prisons said he would run out of money soon and had begun preparing to seize the funding he needs with an order from a federal judge, the Los Angeles Times reports. Receiver J. Clark Kelso, who had directed most of his displeasure at state lawmakers for refusing to approve his $7-billion plan to construct prison health care facilities, on Tuesday added Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Controller John Chiang, and the nonpartisan legislative analyst’s office to the list of officials showing “an unwillingness to accept accountability.”

“The state’s failure to make the necessary financial commitment is not a result of inadvertent neglect or mere incompetence,” Kelso told U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, who appointed him. “It is a result of conscious, deliberate obstruction.” Kelso said that although he still hopes state officials will cooperate, preferably by borrowing the money he needs, he has begun laying the groundwork to ask Henderson to issue an order for the money. “There will come a time when I simply run out of money, and sometime before then I will be forced to take more substantial steps,” Kelso said.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prisons18-2008jun18,0,6577747.story

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