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Schwarzenegger Wants to Implement Universal Health Care

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Aired 4/19/09

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says one of the goals of his second term is to get all Californians health insurance, without raising taxes. But some consumer advocates are skeptical. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Earlier this year Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure that would have created a state-run universal health care system. He says it would have been too unwieldy. Still, he insists he wants to insure everyone. And the governor says the first step is to make health care more affordable.

Jerry Flanagan is with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. He says the governor needs a reality check.

Flanagan: When Schwarzenegger says I’m going to make health care affordable for everyone, and we’re gonna insure everyone, but we’re not going to raise taxes, that’s a recipe for disaster.

The governor hasn’t released any specifics of his health care reform package. His aides say all of the details will be worked out in collaboration with the legislature. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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