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GOP Governors Struggle To Expand Medicaid

By The Reverend Published: May 25, 2013

Side note to begin: I realize that all the Very Serious People are all non-stop IRS-something and will be for the forseeable future. As predicted, the Village idiots, pretending they are Creator Gods, have simply declared IRS filing practices to be a "scandal"....and expect it, then, to be so. But alas, it is not. As stated previously, if there were a scandal here, at least one Tea or Patriot group would have been denied (c)(4) status......that didn't happen. Any talk of "targeting" is simply foolishness chasing wishful thinking.

And now, today's blog post....

In return for casting the deciding vote declaring Obamacare constitutional, Chief Justice John Roberts threw Teas and self-radicalized conservatives a bone by ruling that states could opt out of the Medicaid expansion portion of Obamacare. It was Roberts way of flipping the bird to Obama and those dang socialists in the "Democrat" Party while simultaneously securing windfalls in Obamacare for Big For-Profit Pharma and Big For-Profit Health Insurance.

Since the ruling, much has been said and written about whether, eventually, all states would accept and implement the Medicaid expansion provision. Governors would be foolish not to expand Medicaid in their states because the federal government would provide 100% of the cost of expansion through 2016 and only require states to pay 10% after 2022. Throw in the benefit to the poorer state citizens who cannot afford health insurance....and expanding Medicaid seemed like a no-brainer.

To date, however, only about half of the states have decided to opt in to the Medicaid expansion. Iowa's GOP Governor Terry Branstad is the most recent governor to embrace expanding Medicaid expansion. Republican Governors, Kasich of Ohio and Scott of Florida are in favor of Medicaid expansion but their Tea-influenced legislatures are not. To date, 12 GOP-led states are a definite no on expanding Medicaid.

The most-often heard justification given by Republican leaders in those states has been "uncertainty" over "financial sustainability". What if the feds decide to stop funding the expansion? What if Medicaid goes bankrupt? Lots of what-ifs.

In the middle of all this wrangling is Arizona GOP Governor Jan Brewer. Brewer is quite the character......from her deer-in-the-headlights campaign moment to her wagging her finger at a just-landed President Obama to her advocacy for a state immigration bill later ruled mostly unconstitutional.....Brewer is one-of-a-kind.

On Thursday, Governor Brewer vetoed five bills sent her by the state's GOP-controlled legislature. Why? .....

In letters explaining her actions, Brewer revealed a growing impatience with the Legislature, which she noted has been in session for 130 days and has only five weeks until the constitutional deadline for a fiscal 2014 budget.

“I warned that I would not sign additional measures into law until we see resolution of the two most pressing issues facing us: adoption of a fiscal 2014 state budget and plan for Medicaid,” Brewer wrote. “It is disappointing I must demonstrate the moratorium was not an idle threat.”

Good on Jan Brewer. Brewer decided that the only way to get GOP legislators off the dime was to veto everything brought to her desk until she received a budget and a plan to expand Medicaid.

Several GOP state representatives who favor expanding Medicaid have been receiving threatening e-mails from self-radicalized conservatives....

“We’re going to come in and storm your office.” “I’m getting e-mails saying, ‘We’re going to follow you everywhere you go,’” she said.

Nine lawmakers.....received an e-mail that begins, “Please kill SB1492, the Medicaid Expansion Act.” It then quotes the Second Amendment and provides a script to be followed as a defense for shooting someone.

Keep in mind here that the divide is over helping poorer Arizonans gain access to health coverage....paid for by 100% federal monies, in 2022 that would be reduced to 90% federal monies. Yet, the anger, hatred, hostility and threats of violence coming from Tea groups makes it seem like expanding Medicaid is all a plot by the federal government something terrible. The animus is way out of proportion....which has been the hallmark of Tea-influenced candidates and constituencies for 4 years now.

The conservative movement, though entirely compromised by the oligarchs, often touts its loyalty to traditional Christian values. That being the case, I have a question: When did traditional Christian values start including advocating against what would help the poor?



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