The following is a press release by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) on recent threats of violence aimed at legislators.  The irony of the Reagan quote above and the fact that our politics has taken such a violent turn recently is not lost on us.  We are running the statement in full as we believe its importance cannot be understated:

Assemblymember Jim Cooper Issues Statement on Adverse Reactions on Single Payer Healthcare Legislation

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement in response to recent provocations surrounding SB 562 and single payer healthcare:

“I would like to express my deepest condemnation of the cowardly acts being provoked by the proponents of single payer healthcare. As a 33-year law enforcement officer, I have seen first-hand how threats impact victims and their families. It is never justifiable to incite violence and threaten the lives of an elected official, their family, or any person.

No matter how just the cause, any person that condones violence, stands in complete disdain of our democracy and the principles that we as Americans and Californians will soon be celebrating on our nation’s day of Independence.

I am extremely disappointed and saddened that those who support an admirable cause have resorted to reckless, irresponsible and completely inexcusable actions to voice their opposition to a decision made by a leader in our state. I stand in strong solidarity with my colleague, Speaker Rendon’s decision to hold the single payer healthcare bill pending further work and discussion. He did so to address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, and the realities that the bill was immensely incomplete.

I call on the proponents of single payer healthcare to immediately denounce the violence and threats to members of the Legislature and their families.”

Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.

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