Children’s Health Care Focus of a Second Term for Schwarzenegger
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) if re-elected will "tackle the problem" of health care in 2007, the Kiplinger California Letter reports.
Lawmakers want to expand health insurance because it would reduce overall costs with more people paying for coverage. Kiplinger California Letter reports that the governor will seek to cooperate with Democrats but that he will not support calls for a state-run, single-payer health system or a mandate on businesses.
Schwarzenegger likely will propose expanding coverage for all children in the state, potentially by expanding eligibility for Health Families, California's public insurance program for children from low- and moderate-income households (Kiplinger California Letter, 11/1).
Several local broadcast programs on Friday will air special reports related to the elections. Summaries of the segments appear below.
- KCET's "Life & Times": The program will examine "the most controversial propositions," including Propositions 85 and 86 ("Life & Times," KCET, 11/3). A transcript and audio of the segment will be available online after the broadcast.
- KPBS' "Full Focus": The program will discuss "the most interesting campaigns," including Proposition 86 ("Full Focus," KPBS, 11/3). Video of the program will be available online Monday afternoon.
- KQED's "This Week in Northern California": The program will discuss a range of statewide, congressional and local races, as well as several ballot measures (Davis, "This Week in Northern California," KQED, 11/3). A podcast of the program is available online.
In addition, NPR's "All Things Considered" on Wednesday reported on the importance of health care in the upcoming elections. The segment includes comments from:
- Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard University School of Public Health and the John F. Kennedy School of Government;
- President Bush;
- Rep. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is running for U.S. Senate;
- Paul Fronstin, director of the health research and education program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute; and
- Paul Hodes (D), who is running for U.S. Congress in New Hampshire (Rovner, "All Things Considered," NPR, 11/1).
Audio of the segment is available online.
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