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    Calif. gov calls for universal coverage
    By LAURA KURTZMAN, Associated Press Writer
    2 hours, 38 minutes ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday proposed to extend health coverage to nearly all of California's 6.5 million uninsured people, promising to spread the cost among businesses, individuals, hospitals, doctors, insurers and government.

    The plan contains elements that are likely to provoke opposition from a wide range of powerful interests, including doctors, hospitals and insurers, as well as employers and unions. But it also contains incentives for each of them.

    All children, regardless of their immigration status, would be covered through an expansion of the state and federal Healthy Families program.

    "I don't think it is a question or a debate if they ought to be covered. ... The federal courts have made that decision — that no one can be turned away," Schwarzenegger said. "The question really isn't to treat them or not to treat them. The question really is how can you treat them in the most cost-effective way."

    Under Schwarzenegger's plan, all Californians would be required to have insurance, although the poorest would be subsidized. Businesses with 10 or more employees would have to offer insurance to their workers or pay 4 percent of their payroll into a state fund. Smaller businesses would be exempt.

    Also, insurers would no longer be allowed to deny coverage to people because of their medical problems.

    Business groups and Republican legislators are likely to object to the extra costs imposed on businesses.

    The state would subsidize the estimated 1.2 million poor people who do not currently qualify for state health coverage. They would be able to buy insurance through a state-run pool and would have to make a small contribution toward their premiums.

    Schwarzenegger is betting that his plan will save $10 billion a year by cutting health care costs. He says the savings would offset the new fees he is asking doctors and hospitals to pay — 4 percent of revenue for hospitals and 2 percent for doctors.

    The state also would increase what it pays doctors and hospitals through Medi-Cal, the state insurance plan for the poor.

    The governor was supposed to give his address in person to a panel of health care officials. Instead, he spoke via video link since he is still recuperating from broken leg suffered in a skiing accident.
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    I dont know if i fully agree with this (only b/c I dont want to pay higher taxes and have yet to see the full proposal) and it affects me b/c I'm a CA resident and I DID NOT vote for him either.

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    Is this because he had that ski accident? Nah...

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    All children, regardless of their immigration status, would be covered

    That's bullshit and if I lived in that shithole I'd be pissed and get active about it.

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    Ok, yea, I saw this on the news last night and freaked out. 43% of all births that were funded by the state of CA last year were to ILLEGAL aliens. That amounted to (I think--I'm going by memory here) approx $400 million dollars!!

    Sorry, you're not a legal resident, you don't get squat. Not welfare, not special rights, no medical assistance. And I'm a Democrat too.....


    Alice, I'd be outraged.

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    Many illegals stiff the hospitals as it is and those costs get passed on to us and now we get to fully insure their kids too, that just SUCKS. If Arnie has balanced the budget and got our state's finances under control, which I doubt, he could make better use of that money. Like give a taxbreak to the shrinking middle class, there almost extinct here.
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    um yeah dont forget the $80 or $90 million or so he wasted on his special elections bullshit, which btw everyone voted against his shitty propositions so, there you go. This is just a 'proposed' measure; we have yet to see if we the people (who vote and pay taxes) will let it pass.

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