Schwarzenegger: Congress Must Rethink Health Care Legislation

California Governor Warns of Costs to States, Urges Leadership on Climate

Dec. 15, 2009

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today on “Good Morning America” that he supports President Obama’s health care overhaul effort but warned that the legislation, in its current form, would be devastating to his state’s bottom line.

“This is the last thing we need, another $3 billion of spending when we already have a $20 billion deficit,” Schwarzenegger said of the costs the bill would impose on California.

“So I would say be very careful to the federal government before you go to bed with all this. Let’s rethink it. There’s no rush from one second to the next. Let’s take another week or two and come up with the right package.”

Scwarzenegger made the remarks from Copenhagen, where he is attending the United Nations climate conference.

There is video at the ABC News website.

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