Health Insurance for All Californians;

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Governor Schwarzenegger wants all Californians required to buy health insurance. Health plans would prohibit insurance companies from rejecting applicants for age or medical condition.

“Which Way L.A.?” – KCRW 89.9FM – National Public Radio (Los Angeles, CA)

The following radio program was broadcast on “Which Way L.A.?” on KCRW 89.9FM in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, January 8th, 2007. Click here to listen to the audio.

Governor Schwarzenegger today announced a plan to require all Californians to have health insurance, a proposal to fix what he calls a “broken healthcare system.” Those who could not afford insurance would be helped by the state, and insurance companies would not be allowed to reject anyone because of age or medical condition. Today’s plan may be ambitious, but it comes just a day after another proposal, which could do harm to some of the same people the medical plan is supposed to help. The Governor wants a rollback of welfare payments, including a cutoff to tens of thousands of children whose parents don’t meet certain requirements. We hear more on a plan the Governor says “will make history,” and ask if cuts in welfare would take away with one hand what he says he’ll give with the other?


Tom Chorneau: Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
Jamie Court: President of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
Chris Ohman: President of the California Association of Health Plans
Evan Halper: Reporter for the Los Angeles Times

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