Similarities, Differences in Candidates’ Health Care Positions
The Sacramento Bee on Saturday highlighted health care positions of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), finding that there are similarities and differences between the two. Summaries appear below.
Angelides has said he would support legislation to provide coverage through public programs to all children in California, regardless of immigration status.
Schwarzenegger said he supports coverage for all California children, including undocumented immigrants, but the governor in 2005 vetoed legislation that would have expanded coverage for children. He cited cost concerns for the veto.
Angelides said he would support legislation that would require large employers to provide health insurance to workers.
Schwarzenegger opposed SB 2, a 2003 law that would have instituted such a mandate, and he campaigned successfully to repeal the law in 2004.
Angelides said he supports universal coverage but did not take a position on SB 840, legislation by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles) that would have created a state-run, single-payer health insurance system.
The governor vetoed SB 840. He said everyone in California should have access to health insurance.
Angelides said he would enact legislation to create a Web site that will help California residents find low-cost prescription drugs.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will require pharmaceutical firms to create a drug discount program for California residents.
Angelides supports the legislation (Sacramento Bee, 10/21).