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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2007 | George Skelton
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislators are navigating in uncharted waters -- brackish waters -- on a strange voyage searching for elusive healthcare reform. They're headed on a route never traveled before, at least that I'm aware of. The plan is to first pass a bill. Nothing unusual there. That's what legislators do. This bill would contain the basic framework of dramatic healthcare expansion in California, extending medical coverage to most of the 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- The Legislature on Monday passed a Democratic plan to overhaul California's healthcare system, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he would veto it and call a special session this fall to work out a compromise. Lawmakers also approved measures that would permit more routine testing for the virus that causes AIDS, make it easier for police to trace bullets to the guns that fired them and require fast-food restaurant chains to list the nutritional content of their menu items.
NATIONAL
September 8, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
In a decision that could set a precedent for California and other states but also generate sharp resistance, the Bush administration on Friday denied New York's request to expand a popular children's health insurance program to reach some uninsured middle-class families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
With time running out to overhaul California's healthcare system this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez are fashioning a high-stakes strategy to raise business and hospital taxes through a ballot measure that would circumvent defiant Republican lawmakers. "I think we're on the verge of doing something huge," Nuñez told The Times' editorial board Friday.
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