Universal health care’s newest champion — Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday proposed extending health care coverage to all of Californiaâ€™s 36 million residents as part of a sweeping package of changes to the stateâ€™s huge, troubled health care system.
A total of 6.5 million people, one-fifth of the stateâ€™s population, do not have health insurance, far more than in any other state. At least one million of the uninsured are illegal immigrants, state officials say.
Under Mr. Schwarzeneggerâ€™s plan, which requires the approval of the Legislature, California would become the fourth and by far the largest state to attempt near universal health coverage for its citizens. The other three states are Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.