The four Republican senators on the committee voted "no" because the bill represented a dramatic $14.9-billion expansion in the size of government, would have instituted the largest business tax in California history and would have added to California's growing budget deficit. Kuehl voted against the measure, citing among reasons a personal mandate similar to mat imposed in Massachusetts, saying, "We can't simply say to the people of California, 4Go buy insurance.'" Many observers considered this the most stunning of Schwarzenegger setbacks, especially as ABXl 1 passed out of the assembly with such fanfare on December 17 when the speaker, acting on the governor's call for a special session, called the assembly back into session for the sole purpose of ramming the healthcare bill though.
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