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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.
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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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that Sen. Barack Obama's healthcare plan breaks faith with core Democratic beliefs and would leave millions of Americans uninsured. "If we don't have universal healthcare, we will be betraying the Democratic Party's principles," she said at the Des Moines Area Community College student center. "Sen. Obama's plan does not and cannot cover all Americans."
NATIONAL
November 26, 2007 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
Rivals for the Democratic nomination Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stepped up their sparring over differences in healthcare proposals Sunday during campaign stops in Iowa. "There are big differences between me and Sen. Obama on healthcare," Clinton said. "I have a healthcare plan that covers every single American. He does not. I have a healthcare plan that will leave no American out. He, by his own admission, leaves at least 15 million people out."
NATIONAL
November 13, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Politicians of both parties trooped into Boston's historic Faneuil Hall as a fife and drum corps played. Business titans stood alongside labor and religious leaders. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney even welcomed the man who had once been his bitter foe in a U.S. Senate contest -- Democratic lion Edward M. Kennedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Confronting the latest challenge to his effort to reshape California's healthcare system, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger argued Friday that the state's rapidly deteriorating financial outlook is extra impetus for action, not reason for pause. "Some have said we shouldn't tackle healthcare reform with this year's shortfall," Schwarzenegger told a gathering of Latino healthcare advocates in Los Angeles. "I happen to totally disagree with that.
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