Up at Spot-on I’m discussing Arnie’s plan — Sacramento, We Have A Problem. As ever, return here to comment.
When looking at the Golden State’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and
his attempt to fix health care, I am reminded of a movie. Not one of
his, rather the scene in Apollo 13
when the crew on the ground had to figure out some wacky mechanical fix
that would enable the guys out in space to filter their oxygen without
using more than the two amps of power they had available. It seems that
we have a similar situation. The prognosis is grim, but the political
reality is that, like the Apollo crew, we need to use the limited
resources at hand.
Schwarzenegger taken on a big job and, it seems, entering his final
four years as governor – a political career that began on a whim – he
doesn’t much care who he takes on. Given that California is roughly 10%
of the nation, with a higher than 10% share of the nation’s uninsured,
most people were expecting that Schwarzenegger would identify covering
all children as the extent of his health-care ambition. Children are
politically palatable – when it comes to health and medicine. But
Schwarzenegger didn’t stop with the children. Instead he actually
believed all the stuff he was saying about all options being on the
table to cure the system and has acted accordingly.
In an address on Monday he introduced a plan
that actually went further towards universal coverage than the one
State Senator Pro Tem Don Perata introduced late last year.
Schwarzenegger called for full universal coverage, and promised to get
there by a mix of what’s known as pay or play – a mandate that
employers must cover their employees or pay a tax – and an individual
mandate compelling citizens to buy health insurance. The details of the
plan are very complex but understandable. Continue Post …