California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to persuade pharmaceutical companies to offer deep discounts on drugs sold to uninsured, low-income state residents. If drug companies do not voluntarily provide price breaks acceptable to Schwarzenegger, he said last week that he will seek legislation to compel them to do so.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, cited plans to establish a "California Rx" program as partial justification for vetoing four drug importation bills. The bills, all sponsored by Democrats, would have allowed the state to import drugs from Canada for Medicaid and an AIDS drug assistance program and required the state to post information on the Internet to help state residents import drugs from Canada.
Schwarzenegger outlined his