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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.
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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.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday released his principles for national healthcare reform but left out the linchpin of the plan he enacted as governor of Massachusetts: a requirement that individuals get coverage. That shift could help him win over conservative Republican primary voters, experts said. But if he succeeds in becoming the GOP nominee, he may have to zigzag back to his Massachusetts roots to appeal to independents and Democrats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a firm stand Wednesday against the Democratic healthcare proposal moving through the Legislature, saying for the first time that he would not support an expansion of medical insurance if it were financed solely by new requirements on employers. The Democratic proposal would require employers to spend at least the equivalent of 7.5% of their payroll on their workers' health.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2007 | DAVID LAZARUS
This was supposed to be the year that California finally did something about the roughly 7 million state residents who lack health insurance. Lawmakers proposed a broad range of fixes that got us, more or less, in the vicinity of genuine reform. So where are we now? Pretty much worse than ever. Sure, people are still talking about change, but the budget mess in Sacramento has derailed virtually all other legislative business for 2007 and sapped momentum from the healthcare movement.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Christopher J. Dodd proposed a universal health coverage plan Thursday with benefits matching those given to federal workers. The plan, released by Dodd as he starts a three-day campaign swing through Iowa, would be phased in over four years and would create an insurance package offered to businesses and individuals with premiums based on their ability to pay. The system would offer a variety of plans tailored to individual needs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2007 | George Skelton, Sacramento
The stars are in rare alignment this summer for state healthcare reform. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger really does enjoy these victory laps. The governor has been trotting all over Earth, waving to cameras and taking bows for last summer's global warming legislation that he actually had little to do with, except to sign it. Major healthcare reform would punch his ticket for another year of victory jaunts -- and a greatly enhanced legacy.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Tough trade-offs will be the topic early next year when Congress takes up Medicare reform. The nation's cornerstone health program for the elderly would normally be a taboo subject in an election year. But lawmakers have no choice. Why? When a drug benefit was added to Medicare in 2003 without an increase in revenue, Congress placed in the law a provision for a reform process that would be triggered if the system's finances became dire enough.
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