Arnold Schwarzenegger Breaks With Republicans to Support Healthcare Reform

Schwarzenegger breaks with Republicans to support healthcare reform.  “The Terminator” has changed his mind.  Although he originally opposed healthcare reform as the legislation moved through Congress, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger now fully supports the new federal law.  In a speech at the University of California at Davis Medical Center, the governor – who cannot run for re-election because of term limits — broke rank with his fellow Republicans, many of whom have announced their intention to sue the federal government to overturn the law.

“California is not part of this fight, and I’ll tell you why,” according to Schwarzenegger.  “When you don’t have health insurance and you go to the hospital, you are forcing other people to pay for your healthcare.”  Twenty percent of California residents lack healthcare insurance, a situation that Schwarzenegger says is a crisis that requires resolution.  “The bottom line is the plan is not without flaws, but it is a good law,” he said.  To fill the void, California is launching a temporary high-risk insurance pool to cover the uninsured that will be funded by $761 million in Department of Health and Human Services money through 2014.

Schwarzenegger also vowed to enforce the law, to the point of making certain that the state’s insurers comply with bans on lifetime spending caps.  If necessary, he will call the state Legislature into a special session to make statutory changes to comply with the act’s provisions.  “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and work with the federal government to get this done,” the governor said.

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