“The Terminator” Thinks Healthcare Reform Needs Rethinking

California Governor Schwarzenegger thinks healthcare reform beats up on California.  “The Terminator” thinks it is time for the federal government to take care of California – especially when it comes to healthcare reform legislation.  At a time when Congress is poised to pass sweeping healthcare reform, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) thinks that President Obama should rethink the legislation.  In fact, Schwarzenegger thinks that healthcare reform is “something that ultimately would beat up on California,” as moderator David Gregory remarked during a recent “Meet the Press” interview.

According to Schwarzenegger, “Right now it is.  And I just cannot imagine why we would have, like I said, our senators and congressional people, how they would vote for something like that where they’re representing Nebraska and not us.  And, by the way, as I said in my State of the State, that’s the biggest rip-off.  That is against the law to buy a vote.”

Schwarzenegger is referring to the Equitable Support for Certain States, which will provide Nebraska — as well as Massachusetts and Vermont — support in paying its share of additional costs to Medicaid in the health legislation.  The provision, which Republicans have mocked as the “Cornhusker Kickback,” actually provides Nebraska the least of the three states.  Vermont will receive $600 million over 10 years, while Massachusetts will receive $500 million.  The money to Nebraska is expected to total $100 million.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) disagrees with Schwarzenegger – who says it will cost $3 to $ billion over 10 years — on the total cost of the Equitable Support for Certain States program.  According to CBO statistics, the section of the manager’s amendment to the Senate’s health bill would cost $1.2 billion over 10 years.

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