Candidates Discuss Health Care in San Jose
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides and San Jose mayoral candidate Cindy Chavez (D) on Friday touted health care reform at a campaign event in San Jose, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Chavez noted that she led a coalition of city council members to enact a first-in-the-nation plan to expand health care access to all children.
Angelides "depicted himself as an ally of the middle class running against a governor beholden to well-heeled special interests," the Mercury News reports.
The United Healthcare Workers-West, part of the Service Employees International Union, applauded Angelides loudly, according to the Mercury News. The union, which represents 615,000 workers in California, said it will work to enact a statewide universal health program by 2008 (Zapler, San Jose Mercury News, 9/9).