The Massachusetts Health Plan, and California's

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The universal health care proposal that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing for California shares many features with a landmark law that Massachusetts enacted last spring.

But Massachusetts health experts think the Schwarzenegger plan is likely to run into far more political trouble than the East Coast version.

The complicated Massachusetts plan is on schedule, enrolling the poorest citizens first. The broad coalition behind it is holding firm, and there has been remarkably little opposition.

But the Bay State still has to figure out how to offer health insurance that's "affordable" to all the state's uninsured people. It has until July 1 to do so; that's when the uninsured will be required to buy insurance or pay more in state income taxes.



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