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.


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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