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Governor Confident Healthcare Reform Progress Will Manifest Soon

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Aired 4/19/09

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a brief stop in Rancho Bernardo on Friday to tout his plan for reforming California's troubled healthcare system. The governor says he's confident lawmakers will pass major reform before the legislative session runs out on September 14th. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Governor Schwarzenegger and Democratic leaders have different healthcare reform plans.

Earlier this week, it looked unlikely that the two sides could come to an agreement. But the governor says he's made some progress with his Democratic colleagues.

Schwarzenegger : It is a good mood. They understand that this is a rare opportunity where we can do that. They have different ideas, but I tell you, there is a willingness to work together and to make this work. I can gauge that by the meetings that we have had.

The governor says he doesn't accept the idea that we should reform the healthcare system in a piecemeal fashion. Schwarzenegger argues the system is broken, and says Californians are crying out for major reform. He says the time to do it now.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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