"Senate panel kills Schwarzenegger health coverage bill" Sac Bee

Just in from the Sac Bee. CA Senate kills governor’s $14.9  billion Health Care Plan

“Senate Panel kills Schwarzenegger health coverage bill” Sac Bee
By Aurelio Rojas – arojas@sacbee.com

Last Updated 3:34 pm PST Monday, January 28, 2008

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
suffered his biggest legislative defeat Monday when a Senate committee blocked his yearlong effort to provide health care coverage to most Californians without insurance.

The $14.9 billion annual plan, hailed as the most sweeping effort by any state to provide near-universal health care, was negotiated by the Republican governor and Democratic Speaker Fabian Núñez but died in the Senate Health Committee.

Only one of the seven Democrats on the panel voted for AB 1X1 — authored by Núñez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland — while all four Republicans voted against bill.

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