Californias Senate will again consider a single-payer bill vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 after narrowly clearing the states Assembly and Senate. This is not the time to wait patiently for universal healthcare, said Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) at a news conference unveiling S.B. 840.
Kuehl said a universal insurer will deliver savings by cutting administrative costs and using market clout. Schwarzenegger, announcing his veto in September 2006, called the plan overly bureaucratic and unaffordable.
The governor's own coverage proposal, unveiled in January with an estimated cost of $12 billion per year, would tax hospitals and physicians and require every Californian to carry health insurance. -- by Melanie Evans