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- 10-06-2009, 01:31 PM #1
Schwarzenegger to back Obama's healthcare overhaul
Schwarzenegger becomes lastest Republican to back Obama's healthcare overhaul plan
October 6, 2009 | 9:06 am
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today became the latest Republican to back an overhaul of healthcare, as the Obama administration gathers support for what it hopes will be the final bipartisan push.
In a prepared statement, Schwarzenegger, generally more liberal on social issues than most of his fellow Republicans, stressed the need for action. "I believe in the vital importance of this issue and that it should be addressed through bipartisan cooperation."
The governor, who is termed out, cited goals he shares with Obama, such as slowing the growth in healthcare costs and ensuring a strong economic recovery. "I appreciate his partnership with the states and encourage our colleagues on both sides of the aisle at the national level to move forward."
Schwarzenegger joins the bipartisanship parade of healthcare reform backers that includes former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the former Health and Human Services secretary in the Bush administration.
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, elected as a Republican but now an independent, has also backed reform.
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