SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With California facing a $5.5-billion budget gap, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have to pare his goal of providing health-care coverage to the nearly 7 million uninsured in the state, analysts said on Monday.
The Republican governor crushed his Democratic challenger in an easy re-election victory this month, and aims to use the political momentum to push a plan that on its face should excite California's Democrat-led legislature.
But observers of the state's political scene wonder where money for the plan, which aides are writing, would come from.
"The math doesn't add up," said Larry Gerston, a political scientist at San Jose State University. "I don't understand the means at the moment."