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.
"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
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