States Take Up Mandatory Health Coverage

Last Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a $12 billion plan to make health insurance mandatory for all citizens of the state of California. A similar bill became law in Massachusetts last year. Guests discuss state-mandated health coverage, and listeners share their thoughts on how the idea has worked so far.

Guests:

Joanne Silberner, NPR science desk correspondent

Dr. Mark Smith, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation

Dr. Stuart Altman, director, Institute for Health Policy, The Heller School, Brandeis University

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