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California governor vetoes health plan.



California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ]  vetoed an ambitious, single-payer health plan in September that would have provided comprehensive medical, dental, vision and prescription drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug,  coverage to every state resident.

The plan, known as the California Health Insurance Reliability Act and sponsored by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl Sheila James Kuehl (born February 9, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American politician, and a former child actress. She is currently a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing the highly urbanized 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern , was expected to save the state almost $8 billion in the first year while improving health care access to those who currently have no routine source of care.

Schwarzenegger criticized the legislation for being "socialized medicine socialized medicine, publicly administered system of national health care. The term is used to describe programs that range from government operation of medical facilities to national health-insurance plans. ," according to according to
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 a Sept. 5 statement, that would "reduce a person's ability to choose his or her own physician, make people wait longer for treatment and raise the cost of that treatment."

Kuehl said Schwarzenegger refused to meet with her to discuss the measure, which she believes would have reduced health care costs and "every person would have been able to select their own physician, dentist, hospital or pharmacy, and there would have been no unreimbursed care."
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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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