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Governor’s Health Care Veto is “Four in a Row”

October 15, 2007

Sacramento, CA - For the fourth time in as many years, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed the legislative healthcare reform bill. He said this weekend that it wouldn't provide "coverage for all," although the proposal would have expanded coverage to include most of the 6.7 million uninsured Californians. Schwarzenegger had promised a veto, and he delivered it this weekend.

Anthony Wright with the group Health Access California says the Governor's new, competing proposal won't come any closer to doing the job, either.

"He says he'll only approve a bill that is universal coverage, but his proposal is neither 'universal' nor 'coverage.' It doesn't even define what coverage is, in terms of what out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles, would be."

Wright feels the legislature's bill, known as "AB8," was based on months of negotiations and brainstorming in the best interest of keeping people healthy.

"We're very disappointed in the governor's decision to veto AB8. There's not many times that a governor can, with the stroke of the pen, help millions of people get healthcare -- and he's missing that opportunity."

Wright says the pressure is now on the Governor to compromise with the Legislature on a plan to expand coverage, and make sure people have access to healthcare when they need it.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA