Healthcare and that Jolly Ol' Elf

There's been a lot of talk about the governor's universal healthcare plan, but once you get past all the talk you discover… well, that plan may be too strong of a word. The governor's universal healthcare good intention may be more accurate.

Anthony York explains in the Capitol Weekly. (emphasis added)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received international attention when he unveiled his plan for universal health-care coverage. The plan made the front page of the New York Times and the Washington Post, and landed on network evening news. But here at home, he still can't find anyone in the Legislature to introduce his plan.

Schwarzenegger has outlined his proposals, but so far there is nothing in writing. And there may never be. Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Sabrina Lockhart says, as of now, there are no formal plans to introduce the governor's health-care package.

Part of the problem may be finding someone willing to carry a health-care bill for the governor.

“The key thing is not to get caught up in … how you get there,” Schwarzenegger said Wednesday. “The key thing is, we're going to get there.”

OK, then. So, at the moment– and for the foreseeable future– the governor's plan for universal healthcare, one of the most heavily-marketed features of his new term, exists only in the same way that Santa Claus does in the famous “Yes Virginia, there is a…” editorial. The plan lives in the heart of people of goodwill everywhere, along with “all the wonders [that] are unseen and unseeable in the world.”

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