CA Health Care: In Critical Condition

Policy Today magazine cover
September 20, 2006
California Ed.

California's health care debate isn't going away.

For many, SB 840—a universal health care bill written by California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and passed by both houses of the California Legislature—was doomed from the beginning. So, when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intention to veto the bill shortly after it passed the Assembly, few were surprised. But while opponents of the bill called it election-year posturing and supporters touted it as an answer to the state's health care woes, California residents heard very little of the story behind the bill's creation, debate and passage. So goes the policy-making process and the 24-hour news cycle.

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