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‘Fundamentally, healthcare is a right rather than a privilege, and it should be afforded to everybody,’ Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, the bill’s author, told his colleagues before they voted. ‘Make no mistake about it, this is a historic effort truly.’ Funding for the ongoing health care package relies on charges imposed on hospitals and companies, in addition to boosting the taxes on cigarettes. If the Senate passes the plan, it will go to voters in November 2008. It would represent the largest healthcare overhaul undertaken by any kind of constant state if voters offer their approval. Of the 5.1 million people who are considered permanently uninsured in California, 3.7 million will be covered under the program, according to Nunez’s office. Which includes kids from low-income families, workers at smaller businesses that cannot afford to provide medical health insurance and Californians with pre-existing medical ailments who have trouble finding coverage.The purchase is likely to be considerably accretive to Centene's diluted revenue per share in the first season following closing. We are pleased to reach this agreement with Health Net, which we believe will create worth for both Centene and Wellness Net shareholders and will enhance our capability to serve our people and use our providers and federal government partners, said Michael F. Neidorff, Centene's Chairman, President and CEO. Over the past five years, Centene provides achieved record functionality and today's announcement is a substantial next step in our strategy to increase level and drive geographic and product diversification. This transaction ensures that we expand our competitive position as one of the largest programs covering government-sponsored programs in the country.