first_imgSchwarzenegger’s ideas have languished without a legislative sponsor since he laid them out in January. Heavy criticism from the left and the right means it is unlikely to gain the bipartisan support it needs to get out of the Legislature. Democrats and their union allies have rejected the cornerstone of Schwarzenegger’s plan, a requirement that everyone have health insurance, just as drivers must have car insurance. Republicans reject even more of the plan, especially the way it is funded – through new charges on employers, doctors and hospitals. SACRAMENTO (AP) – Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez plans to introduce Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s health-care reform plan next week to test whether it can win the two-thirds vote necessary for passage. “Our goal here is to push health care forward,” Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for Nu ez, said Friday. “But we need to see what level of support there is for the governor’s plan, and the only way to do that is to bring it to a vote.” Two days ago, Schwarzenegger came out against a Democratic health reform bill, saying it placed too great a financial burden on employers. Asked about Nu ez’s move on Friday, Schwarzenegger did not give a direct reply. “I’m looking forward to getting into negotiations with Republicans and Democrats,” he said after a budget-signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. He added, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more