Eyes on California as Lawmakers Pursue a Health-Care Deal

California did not start the current wave of efforts to overhaul the American health-care system, but what happens in Sacramento over the next few weeks could have a big impact on whether the drive gains momentum or peters out. Business groups would almost certainly challenge any compromise on the ground that the new employer “fee” is actually a tax and thus requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature, said Vince Sollitto, a spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce. “It’s inconceivable that that wouldn’t be challenged in court,” Sollitto said. Read More. (The Washington Post 08/26/07)