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Sep 23, 2004 - 02:44 PM

Man of the Hospitals and Insurers

by Jamie Court
Yesterday Arnold vetoed legislation requiring health insurers to pay for maternity benefits, hospitals to charge less, and hospitals to be more accountable to communities for closing facilities. That's more evidence Schwarzenegger is not the man of the people he presented himself as when it comes to standing up to big industries. The health care industry he sided with is a seven figure donor to Schwarzenegger's campaign committees.

The Guv's stand on bills still on his desk to make prescription drugs more available and affordable will determine whether the medical-insurance complex gets a clean sweep. Recent polling from the Public Policy Institute is already showing that on health care the public does not trust Arnold. Voters report Arnold's opposition to Prop 72's health coverage mandate does not matter to them. Maybe if the Gov used his broom to clean up his own cash register politics, rather than to sweep off his desk patient protections, the public might give his health care opinions more weight.

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