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Governor Schwarzenegger Slams ObamaCare

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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”?

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  • Joann: I agree with “tax breaks for the healthy” idea. And insurance companies should give breaks for us too. As a fitness expert I am sick and tired of the healthy being punished–we should be rewarded and maybe it will motivate others. But the government and the insurance companies don’t give a shit! It’s too bad, because, you are so right–less disease, less costs.

  • Joann

    Health care reform is definitely needed and it’s indeed a very complex dilemma to try and solve. My son mentioned to me that it might help the health care situation and solve a lot of problems if those who were physically fit would get tax breaks. It would give incentive to be healthy and there would be less disease and medical costs.

  • Hmmmmmm….

  • Christine,

    I saw the GOV this morning slamming the banks, with all that bailout cash, for not lending to small businesses and individuals so we can grow the economy the right way.
    to quote you ‘Hmmmmm’

  • KevinBally

    But wait it gets better, today the Governator went to the White House to ask for a bailout. I can’t figure out where he thinks this money is going to come from?? The White House is tapped out, how about some smarter bond measures??

  • What’d i miss?

  • “I really don’t think Arnold is a failed politician”

    I am guessing you don’t live in CA because I have yet to hear from anyone, including those that voted for him, that he was a success

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    Just as Zing and Roger pointed out, if the bill doesn’t pass this time, it may be decades before we have another opportunity. You cannot claim that such reform would come from the Republicans, because the three examples of Republican plans you showed me did not provide an opportunity for health care for all Americans, did not take away the HMO’s abilities to deny care due to pre-existing conditions, and did not show how they would be paid for – which means that if any of them had passed, they would have added greatly to the deficit just like the Republicans’ “Medicare reform”.

    So your argument that the bill is flawed and so should not pass, that Congress should start all over again…is a false argument. The Republicans have fought against any real health care reform since FDR, and there’s no indication that they’re going to change any time soon.

    BUT on a different (non-political) note, would it be possible for you to peruse my article on ‘Elastic Space’ and, if you think it merits a second look, pass it on to the Physics Department at the university where you teach? I’d really appreciate it if a professor far more knowledgeable than myself would give a critique (no matter how scathing) and point out what must be obvious errors in my theory. Thanks in advance –

  • Dave simply reinforces what I stated. This idea of trashing the bill and starting over is disingenuous. I think he and others saying the same thing know that there will be no “starting over.” If this bill fails, there will be no attempt at significant health care reform probably for decades, and that’s just what the Reps and “teabaggers” want.

    Zing is right. Up to this point everything about the bill is hypothetical. I agree that in its current form its a mess and far too weak in most areas, but it DOES represent a start – something upon which to make judgments. Frankly, I don’t know how anybody could be happy with the bill, but getting it signed, up and running is the ONLY way in which it can be truly judged and appropriate changes made.


  • Say almost 100 years, zing, since Teddy Roosevelt. So B-man has a point of course. If it’s defeated now, we may have to wait another twenty.

    The Reps’ response, “it’s not perfect so why pass it?” is a standard objection not even worth considering, just another form of filibuster. What piece of legislation ever was perfect?

  • zingzing

    i hate to say this, but this thing (universal health care) has been going on for almost 20 years. it’s almost time there was something to work against, rather than for, so at least we can see verifiable proof of what about it doesn’t work because we know this shit we’ve got now doesn’t.

    nearly every theoretical object is tested. we’ve got a piece of shit right now. let’s put something out there and perfect it. health care is like any other idea. it has to be tested. yeah, there will be wasted expenditures, but tell that to the people that would be “wasted” if we don’t.

    basically, stop fucking around with nothing, and start fucking around with SOMETHING. at least give us that.

  • Bearing these in mind, the Democratic plans suck, but they suck a whole lot less than the Republican plans which would have made no difference whatsoever for my oldest son and my oldest brother.

    Why is it so important to pass any plan right now, rather than take time to incorporate good ideas and work out a plan which gives everyone coverage on an equitable basis without excessive cost, draconian mandates and massive new bureaucracies?

    It worries me when a relatively simple problem like this, with clearly defined parameters produces a response which both does’t do what it is intended to do and produces enormous undesirable secondary consequences.

    This bill is worse than no bill at all, which is why so many on both left and right oppose it.


  • Pretty much no one is happy about the current health care legislation. The Reps don’t want it – contrary to Christine’s assumption, IMO most want nothing to do with any of it. They much prefer the status quo. (After all, Rush informed us after his hospital stay in Hawaii, that our current health care system is hunky dory.)

    The left doesn’t like the legislation – especially the Senate version – because so much was given away as regards single pay or public options among other things.

    Some from all over the political map don’t like it owing to the abortion and/or immigration issues. There is significant anger at the apparent sweetheart deals gained by pharma and insurance providers.

    There is no doubt that it is a watered down, bastardized, overblown lump of legislative dreck.

    And I think it imperative that it becomes law. Should this health care legislation fail to pass and be signed by President Obama, that is where any attempts at health care reform will end, probably for at least a generation.

    No president, regardless of party, will consider hanging his or her administration’s hat on health care reform. It will be avoided like the plague. No one in Congress will bet the farm on any significant health care legislation. No one will touch it.

    The calls for the current legislation to be trashed in order to start over are at best disingenuous. Obama has been attacked for pushing too hard, too fast on health care reform. Yet it is Obama who fully realizes the reality: If it doesn’t get done now, it will not get done. There will be no enthusiasm in Congress to take up health care reform again, especially as this is an election year. The fact is, if it fails, it will die. Again, most Reps would say Good! and good riddance! It should also be pointed out that the bill’s failure would also serve as a major nail in Obama’s political coffin. There are those for whom that is more important than health care reform.

    Flawed as it is, getting this bill passed into law will at least make some positive changes – making health care more affordable and accessable to more Americans, among other things. It will at the least set the stage for further changes down the road. Hopefully, some if not all of the crap in the current bill will get wrung out of it in the coming years.

    Again, if it fails, its dead – for a long time.


  • Glenn Contrarian

    Christine –

    I hope that’s not meant in the way that Michelle Bachmann’s one of my favorite conservatives….


  • But Glenn, you are one of my favorite Liberals!!!!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Christine –

    Thank you for the kind reply – not something I’m used to.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Fitz –

    I strongly disagree – I really don’t think Arnold is a failed politician…because his hands were tied by Proposition 13, which has caused financial chaos statewide. That, sir, is why California wound up sending out IOU’s instead of paychecks.

  • FitzBoodle

    Schwarzzy is a failed politician. He could solve Californias budget problems by instituting an oil severance tax (which every other oil producing state has, including such worthies as Palins Alaska) but he won’t because of ideological reasons, and by bringing back an appropriate vehicle tax, but he won’t because that was his dumb campaign platform.

    Notwithstanding, the Nebraska buyoff stinks, but that’s politics. And it’s a pretty cheap buyoff compared to some that are made, such as the Pharma buyoff and the Mandate buyoff.

  • I should add to the above: our politicians are right. The public is dumb and they know they can get away with it.

  • He doesn’t, Christine, because he entertains political ambitions. To each his own.

    Yes, they are, as evidenced by Obama’s detailing what’s wrong with our intelligence system. That the public would buy this crap only shows how little our politicians think of “the public.” It’s even below Al Gore standards when he was running for the president.

    But then again, the Dems are not alone in this. All of them think they’re god’s gift to America. The sooner you realize that party differences are just for show, to make you think you’ve got a choice, the better.

    This country has had it.

  • Roger I was talking about what Dave does behind the scenes. I don’t think he sleeps.

    PS, I think the Democrats in congress are either smoking marijuana or on steroids…

  • “Plus less government control and corruption!”

    You’re asking for a lot, Christine. It would be like trying to reverse a hundred-year old trend.

  • Glenn, thanks for the lesson the polling, I will take that into mind next time I include polls in my article. And you already know how bad I feel about your son’s predicament. Wow, about your brother.

    We all want health care reform: Compassion coupled with Responsibility. Plus less government control and corruption!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Interesting, very interesting!

    Christine, have you ever compared Rasmussen Reports to the other polling agencies? If you do, you’ll repeatedly find that RR’s results are more friendly to the Republicans than the other polling agencies. Not just once or twice, but almost every time.

    Add this to the fact that RR was paid for ‘certain services’ by the Republican National Committee in years past, and…well, if I wanted to write an article, I wouldn’t want to base my ‘facts’ on results published by a polling agency that is leans so significantly in one particular direction.

    BUT, to give you your due, most polling agencies have been reporting for some time now – at least a couple months – that most Americans are against the health reform bills in their current form. You’d agree with that, right? Of course you would!

    That said, perhaps you should peruse this poll conducted by CNN back in early December. It concerned the Senate health care bill. Only 36% supported the bill, and 61% opposed it – looks like Americans were leaning strongly to the Right, doesn’t it?

    BUT there was another question in the poll that asked whether they would support the bill if it included the Public Option…and 53% said yes, they would support the Senate bill if it included a Public Option, and only 46% said they would oppose the bill!

    You see, Christine, you can’t pay attention to only one polling agency, and you MUST pay attention to HOW the question is asked. The majority of the American people WANT a Public Option…but your friends on the Right don’t want you to know that, do they?

    Lastly, Dave was kind enough to point me to three Republican health-care reform proposals, and I researched all of them. NONE of them ensured health care for all Americans, NONE of them would have prevented the HMO’s from denying benefits due to ‘pre-existing conditions’, and NONE of them gave any details on how the government would pay for the plans.

    The Democratic plans, on the other hand, DO ensure health care for all Americans (we just don’t like the way they do it), they DO ensure health care for all Americans, and DO give details on how the plans would be paid for with little or no additional cost to taxpayers.

    My oldest son can’t get health insurance today because of a pre-existing condition. My diabetic older brother had his lower leg amputated late last year because he couldn’t afford to get his infected big toe treated.

    Bearing these in mind, the Democratic plans suck, but they suck a whole lot less than the Republican plans which would have made no difference whatsoever for my oldest son and my oldest brother.

  • Not all, Christine. Some of it are patent lies. But Dave tries.

  • Dave, you are probably right on his final chance to tell the truth. And you do sure stay up late! Thanks for all you do here on BC!

  • Here, here! I’m with Dave on that!

  • I think Schwarzenegger may have seen this as an opportunity to do what Eisenhower and Washington did in their farewell addresses and tell the whole, unvarnished and politically harsh truth. He gets some points for that.