Friday, January 12, 2007

Arnie's Healthcare Plan

Well, it's hard to believe that Schwarzenegger has so turned himself around that he supports a healthcare proposal more sweeping than the one that he actively campaigned to kill several years ago. The only explanations I can come up with for this transformation is that:

1. He's grown in his time in office and believes that universal healthcare is more important than when he started.

2. He doesn't care one way or another, but he can see which way the political wind is blowing so he wants to jump in front to lead the parade. His opposition a few years ago was based on a different political climate and the fact that he would have not gotten credit for the plan, but would have had to deal with the headache of implementation.

3. His healthare plan is designed to fail by being so cobbled together and creating enough enemies that nothing can be passed.

Matthew Holt believes #3 (without the malicious intent) I subscribe to this mishmash of a proposal. I think that it's a combination of 1 and 2 and that merely starting the conversation in the Democratic controlled State Assembly and Senate will yield a bill even if it doesn't look quite like the bullet points in his speech. After all the California legislature managed to pass and have signed a bill previously in a more hostile political climate (the one Arnie got repealed).


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