|Facing the voters in 2014, Florida GOP Governor Rick Scott announced|
he has learned to love Obamacare.
The GOP Florida Governor now backs Obamacare
- Seven Republican Governors now support Socialist Obamacare.
- GOP opposition fades in a mad rush to scoop up "free" Federal money.
- Republicans want to be the good government managers of the Big Brother cradle to grave welfare state.
One of the great jokes in the politics of the last 75 years is the use of the word "Conservative" in politics. The word Conservative is used to distinguish what is really the Moderate Marxist faction in politics from the full-throated, red flag waving Marxist faction.
No matter which side wins an election nothing really changes. The Nanny State, the growth of Big Brother and the Marxist re-distribution of wealth marches on and on. At election time the only change that happens is which group of crew members gets to run the great ship Big Brother.
Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to Comrade Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans.
In Florida, GOP Governor Rick Scott reversed his position and on Wednesday and announced his support for expanding Medicaid.
Similar arguments have swayed the Republican governors of Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio, who in recent months have announced their intention to expand Medicaid reports the New York Times.
The federal government will pay the entire cost of covering newly eligible beneficiaries from 2014 to 2016, and 90 percent or more later. But many Republican governors and lawmakers immediately questioned whether that commitment would last, and whether increased spending on Medicaid makes sense, given the size of the federal budget deficit. Some flatly declared they would not consider it.
Some Republican governors remain firmly opposed to the expansion of Medicaid. In her State of the State address, Gov. Nikki R. Haley said, “As long as I am governor, South Carolina will not implement the public policy disaster that is Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.”
Gov. Rick Perry affirmed that “Texas will not expand Medicaid” and said he was proud that Texas did not follow other states “scrambling to grab every tax dollar they can.”
|Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder|
now backs Obamacare.
The change of heart for some Republican governors has come after vigorous lobbying by health industry players, particularly hospitals. Hospital associations around the country signed off on Medicaid cuts under the health care law on the assumption that their losses would be more than offset by new paying customers, including many insured by Medicaid.
Politics could also be a factor in states where Republican governors have decided to expand Medicaid. Obama won all of those states except Arizona and North Dakota in last year’s election, a fact that may have influenced several of the governors’ decisions. Some of the seven are also up for re-election next year.
Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, a Republican, noted an even more striking anomaly last month when she recommended expanding Medicaid. If a state does not expand Medicaid, some United States citizens will be unable to obtain health insurance, but some legal immigrants with the same income in the same state could get it.
“For poor Arizonans below 100 percent of the federal poverty level,” Gov. Brewer said, “only legal immigrants, but not citizens, would be eligible for subsidies.”
(New York Times)
|Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio are the states with Republican Governors committed to expanding Obamacare.|