Jon Fleischman admits what some of us have thought for a long time:
“I feel like a chump,” — Jon Fleischman, Flash Report, 1/9/2007.
We’re told time and again that America has the greatest healthcare system in the world, but even those with insurance are a catastrophic accident or illness away from bankruptcy. Counting on the free market to solve health care means we’re looking at higher costs for drugs, procedures, and stays in the hospital.
The governor’s goal to provide healthcare to all Californians is laudable. And the conservative right is going to whine about it, but they are in the minority in this blue state (and given the resounding defeats of conservatives in the last election, its a view that should stay in the minority).
Arnold isn’t exactly making Democrats happy either, but I believe his dual HEALTHCARE/WELFARE REFORM efforts are his way of demonstrating his centrist way to govern.