It looks like the Terminator is in hot pursuit of Deval. Important health care reform ? if it goes through without too much perversion ? is brewing in California. Should be interesting to see how closely the CA plan mirrors the MA plan, and how each of them fares with their very different state situations.
(from yesterday’s WSJ)
Mr. Schwarzenegger would force all Californians to buy insurance, while compelling insurers to accept all customers — even those with medical problems. Businesses that don’t offer coverage to employees would pay 4% of their payroll costs into a state fund to help subsidize those who can’t afford insurance?
?California wouldn’t be the first state to enact a plan aimed at ensuring coverage for all of its citizens; Massachusetts did that last year. But the Golden State has the largest number of uninsured residents of any state — about 6.8 million people, more than the entire population of Massachusetts — so overhauling its $200 billion health-care industry would be a milestone?
?The plan itself was plenty dramatic. Mr. Schwarzenegger aimed to cover every California resident, including undocumented immigrants, a touchy decision for a Republican. Businesses, except those with fewer than 10 employees, would be required to either provide insurance to workers or pay 4% of their payroll value into a state fund — a mandate known as “pay or play.” Every Californian would have to get health insurance, which would draw young, healthy people into the system?
?Fabian Núñez, the Democratic speaker of the state Assembly, says he wasn’t expecting such a comprehensive proposal. “I think the governor in some ways was further to the left” than Democratic leaders, says Mr. Núñez. Their plans weren’t aiming for universal coverage.
An important step, regardless of some Terminator silliness:
“I feel strongly that the people of California have sent me to Sacramento to tackle those big problems,” the Republican governor told voters at an elementary school here recently. “They have seen me on the screen to be the big action hero, so they know that I can be the big action hero also in Sacramento.”