Jeff Walters

Greg Campbell, chief of staff to Speaker John A. Pérez, while recuperating after two surgeries, told Gov. Jerry Brown that he hoped others could obtain health care as good as his.

The Buzz: Ailing Capitol staff member lobbies Jerry Brown from his hospital bed

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Patient conveys Capitol wish to governor in get-well call

Greg Campbell is raising standards for dedication to his job as chief of staff to Speaker John A. Pérez after using a get-well call from Gov. Jerry Brown as a way to pitch his boss's Medi-Cal expansion bill.

Campbell, 39, is recovering from two surgeries over the weekend to remove a just-discovered golf-ball sized tumor in his brain. Campbell had been feeling sluggish before seeking medical attention, according to Peréz spokesman Steve Maviglio.

Pérez stayed with Campbell and his family at UC Davis Medical Center and "reports that Greg is fully recovering – and is already back in form."

After a five-hour surgery on Friday, Campbell told nurses he needed to finish a PowerPoint presentation for the Democratic Caucus. He went on to have an 8 1/2-hour additional surgery on Saturday, where doctors were able to remove the entire tumor.

On Sunday, the governor called and asked Campbell if there was anything he can do.

According to Maviglio, Campbell told Brown he could sign Pérez's bill that would expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million low-income Californians.

Campbell told the governor: "I'm doing great because I have health insurance. I hope more people can get the health care I did if they need it."

AT THE CAPITOL

Things are starting to pick up in the Legislature as bills advance to committee hearings. Today, the California Nurses Association and the California Hospital Association clash over Assembly Bill 975, a measure that would reconsider how much philanthropy nonprofit hospitals need to engage in to retain their tax-exempt status.

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