Governor Schwarzenegger asks Washington for money for health care for poor

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to reporters after members of the National Governors Association met with US President Barack Obama February 22, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger came to Washington, D.C. yesterday to ask Congress to boost funding for health care for the poor.

The governor was counting on an extension of federal Medicaid assistance. The president included it in his budget – but it was voted down in the House. Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger sent a letter to Congress. This week, he made his case in person.

"It’s a $1.8 billion hole in the budget if we don’t get that money, but it looks promising," said Schwarzenegger. "I think this will go to the Senate and certain action will take place and they kick it back to the House. So the way it looks right now, it looks good. And you know, what is important is not the struggle to get there, but to get there."

The governor met with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and with L.A. Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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