Something different is in the air.
That's California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's assessment of his state's efforts to reform health care.
"In the past, health care reform was always dead on arrival," Schwarzenegger said in his State of the State address, one day after unveiling his ambitious plan calling for universal health care coverage through a mandate similar to the one in Massachusetts and help from the state.
California isn't the only state focusing on expanded health care coverage. Several states -- Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Washington -- are considering proposals to cover all children or all residents. Illinois launched a program covering all children in 2006, and Pennsylvania plans to launch a similar program this year.