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October 16, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Abandoning their facade of cooperation, a coalition of California labor unions and consumer groups says it is gearing up a campaign to discredit Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's healthcare proposal as too expensive for many workers. Organizers say they will trail Schwarzenegger throughout California to challenge and rebut him, hold prayer vigils and news conferences, press elected officials to oppose his proposal and run critical ads on television.
October 15, 2007 | George Skelton
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's eyes always have been bigger than the state's wallet when it comes to healthcare expansion. It's the main reason why he and the Legislature can't agree on a plan to insure every Californian. How do you pay for it? Especially when the state is looking at a projected budget deficit for next year that grows by the week. It's now up to $8.6 billion, largely because of the housing slump.
October 14, 2007 | DAVID LAZARUS
Congress is scheduled to vote this week on overriding President Bush's veto of legislation that would expand health insurance for children of low-income families. The outcome remains up in the air. Bush called the bill "an incremental step toward [lawmakers'] goal of government-run healthcare for every American," which he said would be "the wrong direction for our country."
September 28, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The Senate, by a wide margin, approved a bill Thursday to expand health insurance for children of low-income working parents, sending it to President Bush as supporters mounted a last-ditch effort to persuade him not to cast a long-threatened veto. The 67-29 vote was just enough to approve the bill over the president's objections; the House is about 25 votes short of the two-thirds majority required for an override.
September 24, 2007 | George Skelton
I screwed up. Would Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez love to be on the cover of Time magazine? Sure. What politician wouldn't? But he never said it. I misquoted him Thursday. In a jocular mood, Nuñez had sketched for reporters the similarities between himself and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both are "eternal optimists," won't "back down from a fight" and "are committed to healthcare reform," the Los Angeles Democrat said. And, he added, "we both want him to be on the cover of Time magazine."
September 20, 2007 | George Skelton, CAPITOL JOURNAL
There was a revealing comment last week by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez about himself and his on-again, off-again pal, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Let me tell you what we have in common," the Los Angeles Democrat told reporters, illustrating that his cozy relationship with the Republican governor currently is on again. "First, we're both eternal optimists. "Second, neither of us back down from a fight. "Third, both of us are committed to healthcare reform.
September 20, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that a healthcare overhaul would not be derailed by "Mickey Mouse"-type concerns about covering illegal immigrants. He also compared California's Republican Party to an obese person in denial, and predicted that Rudolph W. Giuliani would be his party's nominee for president.
September 18, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on Monday endorsed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's healthcare proposal, including its requirement that employers chip in for workers' medical care. The chamber is the first business group to directly back that controversial part of the governor's plan.
September 18, 2007 | Peter G. Gosselin and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton demonstrated Monday that she had lost none of her fervor for revamping the nation's healthcare system, unveiling a plan that would require every American to have health insurance, offer generous subsidies to help pay for the policies and gingerly seek to tamp down rapidly rising medical costs.
September 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a sweeping healthcare proposal today that would require every American to carry health insurance and offer federal subsidies to help reduce the cost of coverage, her campaign said. With a price tag of about $110 billion a year, Clinton's American Health Choices Plan represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband's first term collapsed.
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