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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.
November 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to an additional 4 million lower-income children, and President Bush vowed swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue. The legislation cleared the Senate on a vote of 64-30. It passed the House last week, but supporters were shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush's threatened veto.
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.
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