By Laura Kurtzman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Democrats on Monday passed a health-care bill that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to veto, just hours after he said he was going to call a special session to work out a deal. Health care is the Republican governor’s top priority this year, but he has been unable to persuade Democrats or members of his own party to accept his approach to covering millions of uninsured Californians. The special session will buy him time to work something out with the Democratic majority. Otherwise, lawmakers would leave town this week and conclude their business for the year. Massachusetts passed universal health care last year, and Schwarzenegger announced his own plan last January. The eventual outcome in California, the nation’s most populous state, could have implications for the presidential campaign. The two sides are at odds over how to pay for the coverage expansion. The governor puts most of the burden on individuals, with a plan in which all but the poorest would have to buy health insurance. Democrats want employers to pay more of the cost. Schwarzenegger issued his veto threat before the Assembly voted on AB8. “I applaud all the hard work that has gone into efforts to reform California’s health-care system, but I cannot sign AB8 because it would only put more pressure on an already broken health-care system,” he said in a statement. The bill passed on a largely party-line vote, although some Democrats in each house either voted against it or abstained. Republicans unanimously opposed it. The bill passed the state Senate 22-17; the Assembly 45-31. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!