Straightforward, thorough, and balanced account of the California health reform fiasco by Daniel Weintraub of the Sacramento Bee: “The death of health care reform: How Arnold Schwarzenegger’s overhaul plan was doomed by the Legislature’s liberal-conservative partisan crossfire.” Money quote is at the very end:
But ultimately the bill died because Schwarzenegger was the only one in the Capitol who truly believed in it from the beginning, and Núñez’s late support was not enough to pull it across the finish line. California’s Legislature is dominated by leftist Democrats and right-leaning Republicans, and trying to push a major, centrist proposal through the narrow space between those two factions is like trying to drive a fully loaded semi-truck down a twisting, one-lane road. You can try it, but most of the time you are going to crash.
Addendum: Anthony Wright on the Health Access California Blog (on 2/10/08) offers some thoughts on what Weintraub got wrong.