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  •  No, problem. That's why I added, 'it's possible (1+ / 0-)
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    that something's changed.'  It often does, LOL!

    But considering the generally very 'hateful' attitude toward 'the poor' in the State of TN, I'm honestly not surprised that unless Gov Haslam could further privatize Medicaid, he would decline to participate.

    What to do about this?  I wish I had the answer.  ;-)

    Now, regarding:

    ""there's going to be a huge void" as many uninsured poor people find that they are not eligible for Medicaid or insurance subsidies.
    While I agree, I would also assign some blame to the folks who 'penned the law.'

    It can, and should be changed, if it was indeed a unintended consequence.

    When the Administration wanted to eliminate some of the beneficiaries (mostly SSDI) from qualifying for Medicaid or Health Exchange subsidies under the PPACA (in 2011), they got the amended law through Congress to accomplish that.  

    They did this by changing the 'definition of MAGI,' which determines eligibility for Medicaid and the Health Exchanges.  And, the vote was 'unanimous' in the House and Senate.

    Which shows that 'if there's a will, there's a way.'

    Here's an excerpt and link to the article below.  This change went mostly 'under the radar,' with the exception of many health care advocates, etc.

    Senate Passes Repeal of 3% Withholding Opposed by Businesses

    Health-Care Offset

    That method would change the 2010 health-care law to include the nontaxable portion of Social Security benefits in the definition of income used to calculate eligibility for government health-care programs. It would move some people from Medicaid into subsidized coverage in new health-insurance exchanges and would push others out of subsidized coverage.

    This was in the same bill that also provided companies with tax credits ranging from $5,600 to $9,600 for hiring unemployed veterans.  (Undoubtedly, a 'good thing.)

    It passed the House by a 422-0 vote; the Senate by 95-0, 1 Present.

    It even had some Democratic co-sponsors.  Here's the list.

    Bottom line: We need to continue to 'lobby' our lawmakers for needed changes.  This can be accomplished, if there is enough 'public pressure' to do so.

    Thank you for your diary.

    Mollie

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


    hiddennplainsight

    by musiccitymollie on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:37:53 AM PDT

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    •  I am from Oklahoma, so I am always hoping (4+ / 0-)

      for there to be light at the end of some tunnel.  Sounds like you Tennesseans have just as tough row to hoe as we Okies do - sorry to hear.  I was so excited and hopeful at first...

      It's the contempt for the poor that galls me.  Did everyone in these states forget the past and the kind of poverty that so many of our families came out of?  

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Mon May 27, 2013 at 03:01:44 AM PDT

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      •  Jesus (1+ / 0-)
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        "What you do to the least among us, you do to me."

        Christians believe Jesus was the Son of God, but most fail to connect that to the belief that we are ALL the Sons and Daughters of God.

        The consequence of doing evil to the Sons and Daughters of God is well-documented by history. Judgement Day is every day.

      •  They don't care about the poor, but they do care (1+ / 0-)
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        that someone might get a benefit from a government
        program because that would defeat their opposition to government generally, their "small government" mantra.  If the government is allowed to do something good for people, then people might not hate government.  Can't have that.

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Tue May 28, 2013 at 03:41:45 AM PDT

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    •  Christians (0+ / 0-)

      They have some of those in TN? Ones who read the Bible?

      •  Certainly. They read the Bible that says (0+ / 0-)

        no gays and no abortion.  You know, that one.

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Tue May 28, 2013 at 03:42:41 AM PDT

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