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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2008 | GEORGE SKELTON
Who says Sacramento is dysfunctional? It just stared down the governor and the Assembly speaker and pulled the plug on their seriously ill universal healthcare proposal. In that instance Monday, the system worked as it's supposed to -- protecting the public from well-intentioned but risky legislation that, until a few days earlier, had not been thoroughly vetted by any neutral expert. Sure, universal healthcare would be terrific in California.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2008 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of a pivotal legislative hearing, the healthcare overhaul pushed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has won so little support in the California Senate that the Democratic leadership may have to alter a committee's makeup for the measure to pass. The $14.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2008 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have been sniping at each other for months over healthcare, but there's one thing the top Democratic presidential candidates agree on: Americans of all ages should have the choice of buying a government-run plan modeled on Medicare. The idea, which would set up a competition between a new government plan and private insurance programs, has been overshadowed by the political horse race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
San Francisco will move ahead Wednesday with plans to expand health services for uninsured residents while appealing a federal court ruling that, if upheld, could thwart its trailblazing effort to achieve universal coverage. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White last week struck down a provision of the plan scheduled to go into effect Wednesday that would have required employers with 20 or more employees to offer health coverage or pay a fee to support the city program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2007 | GEORGE SKELTON
Who knows? Twenty years from now, Californians may look back at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez as courageous visionaries for championing healthcare reform. These could be the "good ol' days" when fearless leaders forged ahead, undeterred by a projected $14.5-billion budget hole, and crafted a $14.4-billion government expansion of healthcare -- requiring affordable medical insurance for practically every Californian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
After nearly a year of often tortuous negotiations, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez have settled on a plan to extend health insurance to 3.6 million Californians who lack it through a new tax on all employers and tobacco sales, officials said Friday. The leaders have agreed to ask voters in November to require employers to spend between 1% and 6.5% of their payroll costs on healthcare. The measure would also levy a tax on tobacco sales of at least $1.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
When the year began, the expectation was that the new Democratic-led Congress and President Bush would make some headway on the problem many voters placed at the top of the nation's domestic agenda -- healthcare for the uninsured and rising medical costs that are squeezing the middle class. Instead, lawmakers fell back into the old pattern of harsh partisan rhetoric and stalemate.
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December 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second rejection of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program. It was Bush's seventh veto in seven years -- all but one coming since Democrats took control of Congress in January. Wednesday was the deadline for Bush to act or let the bill become law.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
John Edwards, who has pledged that as president he would strip health coverage from congressional members if they did not adopt universal healthcare, faced sharp voter skepticism Sunday over whether he could achieve that and other campaign goals.
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December 1, 2007 | Peter Wallsten and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers
As voting fast approaches in a hotly competitive presidential primary campaign, the battle in the Democratic field has now focused intensively on healthcare and the question of how "universal" a coverage plan must be. The dispute reflects a key difference among the party front-runners over how to cover an estimated 47 million people without insurance. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards are backing requirements that all Americans be covered, and Sen.
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