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Governor Vetoes Health Care Proposal

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have required Wal-Mart and other large employers to provide health care benefits for their employees or pay into a state health fund.

In a veto message, Schwarzenegger said the bill was the wrong approach to tackling spiraling health care costs.

Supporters had argued the bill was needed to prevent companies with at least 10,000 California workers from shifting their health care costs to public-assistance programs. The bill would have required large companies to spend at least eight percent of their total wages on health coverage for their workers or pay into a state fund to cover various health care programs.

The governor urged lawmakers to work with him on comprehensive health care reform.