On Monday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a $12 billion plan to provide health insurance coverage to California residents. U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy today is scheduled to announce his federal universal health care proposal based on a well-publicized plan approved by the Massachusetts' Democrat-controlled legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.
These announcements, undoubtedly, were timed to coincide with NCSL's latest installment of our 10-part series looking at the top issues for state legislatures this year. Listen to today's podcast on universal health care, featuring an interview with NCSL's Health Program Director Richard Cauchi.
Cauchi identifies the three trends he sees in health care issues for 2007 and analyzes universal health care bills approved in Massachusetts and Vermont last year that have sparked renewed interest in the topic. And while he points out the difficulties in being able to reach consensus on this issue, he explains why there is emerging bipartisan support on the issue.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for part four of our series, when we take a look at energy and environment issues. While you are waiting, you can listen to our first two podcasts on budget pressures and immigration.