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  •  Rick Perry officially says he wont implement (3+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, bythesea, bumiputera

    a state based exchange or take Medicaid money. Texas, I believe, has the highest % of uninsured of any state.

    Some of this may be pre-election posturing, but even if Obama wins, I think you will see potential 2016 contenders continue opposition to these issues to win over GOP voters.

    Note, even Jan Brewer seems to be in favor of a state based exchange. And I think "moderates" like Snyder, who have no chance in a GOP primary, are looking to implement the same.

    Christie, Haley, Jindal, and Perry who have been talked about as 2016 contenders(yeah, Perry says he may run again) are against it. Will be interesting to see what govs like Susana Martinez and Bill Haslem.  

    •  Rick the Dick (1+ / 0-)
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      geoneb

      It's one thing not to set up the exchanges, the feds can do that.  It's another not to agree to the Medicaid expansion.  It's not, well, doesn't strike me as the Christian thing to do.

      “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

      by Paleo on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 08:03:58 AM PDT

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    •  Exchanges for GOP are... (4+ / 0-)

      ...tails Obama wins, heads GOP loses.

      They can refuse to do state-run exchanges as a protest, but then HHS runs the exchange in those states, and it's all exclusive federal control which they hate.

      Or they can surrender and have state-run exchanges so at least they can control them.

      What's funny is that the exchanges weren't even among the more controversial parts of the bill when debated.  But they have become a vehicle of protest since enactment.

      Medicaid is different, GOP Governors can really screw poor people without any fallback for those folks.  So that's a real knife to wield......although, again, they're really hurting only themselves.  But at least it's not a situation where the feds come in and do what the states won't.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 08:13:11 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, that's why it is baffling to me (0+ / 0-)

        that GOP governors wont set up an exchange. I dont see the controversy in it, and I guess, some GOP governors, like Brewer, dont either. It's just about being anti-Obama.

        The NY Times, I think, had this article recently about how some Republicans, like Orrin Hatch, are saying that only people in a state based exchange can get tax credits for buying healthcare, because the law didnt tax credits for a federal exchange. It seems ridiculous, the head of the IRS, a Bush appointee, even disagrees. But I bet that is the next lawsuit. Since they couldnt win on constitutional grounds, they will try and block millions from getting healthcare on a technicality.  

        •  They're probably just covering their bases (2+ / 0-)
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          so that if Romney wins they've never been on record supporting this piece of Obamacare. That could help them in party primaries in the future.

          If Obama wins, most of them will just cave on the exchange piece, as I doubt they have deep philosophical differences with it, and the feds would just set it up anyway if they decline.

          •  Yeah, could be (2+ / 0-)
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            itskevin, DCCyclone

            the deadline for setting up the exchange is Jan 1 2013, but I think if Obama wins re-election, HHS will push that back, several months, to give states one last chance at doing that.

            •  Perry better be careful with the medical industry (0+ / 0-)

              in Texas.

              Between the Houston Medical Center, Baylor, and UT-Southwestern Med. Ctr. in Dallas, and others, there are a boatload of Nobel Chemistry/Biology/Medicine/etc. prizewinners, and the research that they attract to their institutions, that will not stand for Perry playing politics with the hospitals and medical care in Texas.  'Course, Perry may figure out some extortionist scheme of "pay to play" and get some quid pro quo out of them in order to stop being a Dick.

              Hide and watch, as they say here in Texas.

              Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

              by tom 47 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 10:54:53 AM PDT

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        •  The Controversy In The Exchanges.... (2+ / 0-)
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          jj32, DCCyclone

          ....is that Obama supports them.

    •  And Since Virtually Every Republican Governor..... (0+ / 0-)

      ....fancies him or herself a "potential 2016 contender", don't expect to see a single Republican Governor play ball here.

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