All eyes in California are focused on Sacramento.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The state Legislature approved an overhaul of California's health care system Monday, but even before the votes were tallied Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to veto the bill and call lawmakers into a special session after the current session ends this week.
Schwarzenegger said he would reject AB8, by Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, because it puts too great a financial burden on employers and does not address the needs of 2.8 million of California's estimated 6.8 million uninsured residents.
Despite the vote's outcome, there is still a long road ahead for reformers. Schwarzenegger's veto will bring a return to the ongoing debate, while the special session will keep it in the public eye.
Jordan Rau at the Los Angeles Times speculates on the content of possible resolutions:
An agreement would be likely to include a requirement that employers provide health coverage for workers or pay a fee to the state, which would then arrange for insurance for those workers. That proposal forms the heart of the Democratic bill.
The deal probably would also incorporate a tax on hospitals that would help California capture an extra $2 billion in federal aid. The California Hospital Assn. endorsed such a tax last week after Schwarzenegger lobbied hospital executives.
SOURCE: "Health Care Bill Passes Legislature, But Governor Says He'll Veto It" 09/11/07
SOURCE: "Governor Plans Health Care Veto, Talks" 09/11/07
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