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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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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