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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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