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  •  Southern states vote against their own interest. (1+ / 0-)
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    So why are these states holding out? The short-term calculus seems heavily influenced by bigotry and hate of President Obama and his so call Obama - care. The South  governor's with poorest population. Many public health studies show that the same population suffers from higher-than-average rates of obesity, smoking and diabetes – variables that yield bad health outcomes and expensive hospital care.

    Yet for now,  governor's rejection of Medicaid expansion will leave large swaths of Americans without coverage because they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid as it exists but not enough to get the subsidies to buy insurance in the exchanges.

    Many of the citizens who would benefit from the insurance exchange mostly live in the reddest of states with the most intense opposition," said Drew Altman, president of the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Medicaid is financed mostly by Congress, though states have to put in their own money to qualify for the cash from Washington. The federal amount is determined by a state's per-capita income, with poorer states getting more help. On average in 2012, the feds paid 57 cents of every Medicaid dollar. It was 74 cents in Mississippi, 71 in Kentucky, 70 in Arkansas and South Carolina, 68 in Alabama. Those numbers would be even higher counting bonuses from Obama's 2009 stimulus bill.

    Why does Bigotry and hate make people vote against their own interest.

    The effectiveness of that campaign can still be seen in the Tea Party. The primary reason that the GOP dubbed healthcare reform "Obamacare" was to play on the prejudices of their base. By calling it Obamacare it distracts their base from the recognition that healthcare reform is a policy that would not only benefit, but protect their families. But instead of recognizing that glaring fact, all they’re thinking about is their hatred of Barack Obama, and as a result, act against their own interests.

    •  Everyone who thinks that the ACA is bad policy are (0+ / 0-)

      not bigots.

      Respectfully, many on the left don't like the policy.

      And many folks, conservative and liberal don't care for 'the mandate.'  Especially because it demands that an individual pay money to the (private) insurance industry.

      Remember, that's why we needed to pass an expanded Medicare-For-All.

      Ideologically, MFA is much more palatable to many folks on both sides of the isles (especially older voters who are near retirement age).

      Calling everyone who doesn't agree with this Administration's healthcare policy a 'bigot,' certainly does nothing to advance the Democratic Party's healthcare policies. ;-)


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 07:04:49 PM PDT

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