Source: Daniel J. B. Mitchell, WorkingUSA, Volume 11 Issue 2, June 2008
From the abstract:
In January, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a state universal health care plan modeled after the Massachusetts individual mandate program. A year later, the plan was dead. Although some key interest groups eventually backed the plan, it was overwhelmed by a looming state budget crisis and a lack of gubernatorial focus. Although much acclaimed for his stance on greenhouse gases, stem cells, hydrogen highways, and other Big Ideas, diffused gubernatorial priorities and a failure to resolve California’s chronic fiscal difficulties let the clock run out on universal health care.