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May 18, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson today will launch a promotional campaign for the nation's first statewide health insurance purchasing pool, a state-run venture designed to use market forces to deliver coverage to small businesses at reasonable rates. California's effort, which has raised skepticism over whether it can work, will be closely watched.
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May 19, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson, proclaiming "a new way, a better way, a less-expensive way for small businesses to buy health insurance," on Tuesday unveiled California's state-run cooperative for purchasing medical coverage. The cooperative, regarded as a potential model for federal health reforms, is part of sweeping changes to take effect July 1 in the state health insurance laws governing small businesses.
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BUSINESS
May 19, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson, proclaiming "a new way, a better way, a less-expensive way for small businesses to buy health insurance," on Tuesday unveiled California's state-run cooperative for purchasing medical coverage. The cooperative, regarded as a potential model for federal health reforms, is part of sweeping changes to take effect July 1 in the state health insurance laws governing small businesses.
NEWS
May 18, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson today will launch a promotional campaign for the nation's first statewide health insurance purchasing pool, a state-run venture designed to use market forces to deliver coverage to small businesses at reasonable rates. California's effort, which has raised skepticism over whether it can work, will be closely watched.
NEWS
February 27, 1993 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In addition to cutting costs and providing insurance coverage for all, the Clinton Administration wants to improve the quality of American medicine by developing new standards of treatment for physicians and other providers to follow, White House officials and sources said Friday. Staff members working for the presidential Task Force on National Health Care Reform are exploring ways to gather and disseminate data on the effectiveness of medical procedures and therapies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1994
As members of Congress return from vacation today they will find the matter of health care reform waiting for them: As much as many might wish otherwise, the issue just won't go away. In an odd alliance, liberals and conservatives have locked arms in hopes of blocking any health care reform this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1994
President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton did what leaders are supposed to do. They took the risk of forcing the nation to face the reality that something is seriously wrong with the health care system. For two years now the Clintons have brought the message home and pushed Congress to pass reform. A lot is at stake for the President--and for Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.), for whom health reform is the last big issue before he retires later this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1994 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the state's Health and Welfare Agency told Orange County doctors and nurses Wednesday that incremental, state-by-state health reform is "probably the way to go" now that sweeping national reform has foundered--and that California is leading the way with its pursuit of managed care. During a brief visit to Chapman General Hospital in Orange, Sandra R.
NEWS
January 7, 1993 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With runaway health care costs reaching new heights, President-elect Bill Clinton's top advisers are telling him that managed competition, the centerpiece of his reform plan, will not slow national health spending appreciably for three to five years, sources said Wednesday. As a result, Clinton's health care advisers are urging him to begin immediately the even more daunting task of creating a national board to impose limits on health care spending.
NEWS
February 21, 1993 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Physicians and hospitals in rural America, including vast areas of California and the West, would have their fees frozen under a price control plan being studied by President Clinton's health care reform task force, sources said Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1994 | MARK GOLDBERG and TED MARMOR and JERRY MASHAW, Mark Goldberg is the editor of Domestic Affairs magazine. Ted Marmor is a professor of politics and public policy at the Yale School of Organization and Management. Jerry Mashaw is a professor of law at Yale Law School.
The health-care reform plan proposed Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell reflects Mitchell's political dilemmas. He knows he can't muster enough votes in the Senate to approve either the President's original bill or the bill likely to pass the House of Representatives. And he believes, sadly but accurately, that if he doesn't get a bill out of the Senate, the reform process will expire for this year or longer.
NEWS
March 19, 1993 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton Administration is considering a proposal to require all businesses to provide health insurance for their employees and pay at least 75% of the premiums, with workers picking up the rest of the cost, according to White House working documents. In addition, American wage earners may be hit with a new "health care unemployment insurance" tax, possibly in the form of a payroll deduction, to help finance universal health coverage for those who currently lack it, the documents suggest.
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