California Assembly Approves Health Care Reform Package

The state Assembly today approved a massive health care reform plan that would expand coverage to nearly 70 percent of the state's uninsured and require most Californians to buy health insurance.

Lawmakers approved the more than 14 (b)billion dollar plan on a party-line vote, with Republicans opposing the measure.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, the bill's author, says the health care plan he negotiated with Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is, quote, "truly a historic effort."

The health care package relies on fees on hospitals and employers, as well as boosting the tax on cigarettes.

If the plan is passed by the state Senate, it goes to voters in November 2008.

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