Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a decision to make. Should he allow California to rush out and prematurely create a massive, billion-dollar, state-run healthcare bureaucracy to implement ObamaCare – the national health insurance program passed by Congress earlier this year? I say no, not at this time.
Last week, I sent a letter to Schwarzenegger urging him to veto two bills, Assembly Bill 1602 and Senate Bill 900. These two bills are yet another rushed attempt by California to be "first" to set up something new. In this case, it is the Health Benefits Exchange required by the controversial Patient Protection and Affordability Act (ObamaCare) passed by Congress this winter. The bills go far beyond what is required by federal law and have the potential to cost the taxpayers of California billions of dollars.
AB 1602 and SB 900 enact the "California Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) and the California Health Benefits Exchange, respectively.