Health Care: California's Next Freakout?

A bill for universal health care could whomp small businesses -- the ones that aren't planning moves to other states, that is

All it takes to scare the daylights out of a small-business owner in California are three words: universal health care. That phrase has risen to the top of the agenda in Sacramento, where legislators are racing to get a health-care bill to Governor Gray Davis' desk before the recall election on Oct. 7. The bill would require most companies to provide health insurance for full-time and some part-time employees in California. And because it is supported by the powerful labor lobby, which is fighting hard to keep Davis in office, the governor just might sign it.

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