News bites: Group wants public option on California ballot

Consumer Watchdog is fighting to put a referendum on a public option on California's 2012 ballot, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kaiser Health News compiles a handy chart on where the Republican presidential hopefuls stand on an array of healthcare issues.

Peter Lee, deputy director for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, has been tapped to lead California's health exchange, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

Republican governors are split on how to deal with the healthcare reform law's insurance exchanges, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A new study in the British medical journal The Lancet predicts that half of American adults will be obese by 2030 based on current trends, The Washington Post reports

New York is demanding that nonprofits — including hospitals, Medicaid providers and social service agencies — report their executives' compensation, reports Modern Healthcare.