Arnold Schwarzenegger today became the highest-ranking elected Republican to back President Obama's push for health care reform. California's governor urged lawmakers "on both sides of the political aisle at the national level to move forward." He spoke after New York City's Mike Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, also endorsed reform. While more prominent Republicans are doing so, not many of them are currently in Congress, notes the Washington Post.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a doctor, has voiced his qualified support, and Bush-era HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson joined with former Democratic House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt to urge Congress to finish what it’s started. Sure, the Finance Committee’s bill has “troublesome and unresolved” issues, they write, but “failure to reach an agreement” this year is “not an acceptable option.” Meanwhile, members of Max Baucus' committee are waiting on a CBO report on the cost of his panel's bill.