California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of only a few Republican officials to have publicly come out in favor of ObamaCare. In October of 2009 he even submitted a statement of support.
Now, he's back…
Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger gave his final State of the State address in Sacramento and, along with his famous accent and charm mixed in with occasional humor, he had much to say about California issues, especially our economy and jobs.
Toward the middle of his address, he talked about the "special burden" we face as a border state. He identified the federal government’s role on immigration policy and border security and noted their lack of fairness in sharing the financial responsibility in dealing with "undocumented immigrants."
Schwarzenegger continued, “We no longer can ignore what is owed to us, or what we are forced to spend on federal mandates," and expressed his concern over the billions of dollars already owed, later adding, "…and now Congress is about to pile billions more on to California with the new health care bill."
Schwarzenegger expanded further on the current health care legislation being proposed by the Democrats. "While I enthusiastically support health care reform, it is not reform to push more costs onto states that are already struggling while other states are getting sweetheart deals," said the Governor. "Health care reform, which started as a noble and needed legislation, has become a trough of bribes, deals and loopholes … you’ve heard of the bridge to nowhere; this is the health care to nowhere,” Schwarzenegger added.
Schwarzenegger advised California's congressional delegation to either vote against the bill, labeling it "a disaster for California" or to get in there and "fight for the same sweetheart deal that Senator Nelson of Nebraska got for the Cornhusker State. He [Nelson] got the corn; we got the husk."
It's obvious to anyone paying close attention that Republicans do want health care reform. However, they and most Americans still oppose the current health care bills being proposed by President Obama and the Democrats. And Schwarzennegger, a Republican who once supported ObamaCare, has now publicly and firmly spoken out against it.
Back in the '90s, I ran into Arnold and Maria at Gold's Gym — terrific people. I vividly remember Schwarzenegger giving me some sound bodybuilding advice, which had an impact on my bodybuilding and fitness career. As a citizen of the United States and a California resident, I wonder if the 2010 words of Schwarzenegger will resonate with those in Congress or anyone else for that matter? Will they see the light as he did, and come to the conclusion that ObamaCare is “health care to nowhere”?