Wednesday, August 29, 2007

California Health Care Battle

In a much watched battle Republicans and Democrats in California are squaring off on the subject of universal coverage for the state's residents.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan would impose new fees on employers and medical providers while making coverage mandatory, although subsidized for the poorest. The Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislature, have proposed an alternative that would require an employer contribution almost double that of the governor's proposal.

Via Forbes:

"The governor and the Legislature are inches apart, but neither side wants to give that final inch," said Larry Levitt, a vice president with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

SOURCE: "Schwarzenegger Tries To Save Health Plan" 08/29/07
photo courtesy of Benjamin Earwicker

posted on behalf of George Williams


  1. California lawmakers do seem to be hurtling toward a compromise on Assembly Bill 8. (description of rumored compromise). This is both good news and bad news.

    The good news is there seems to be progress toward doing something about health care in California. The bad news is, unless it's changed dramatically, Assembly Bill 8 will do mor harm than good.

    Instead of rushing to achieve a compromise before the Legislature adjourns on September 14th, lawmakers should hold a special session to work out all the details of this complicated issue. There's too much at stake to take the risk of getting it wrong.

  2. Alan,

    Thanks so much for a thoughtful response to the entry.



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