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  •  I can't wrap my mind around (15+ / 0-)

    how making $9,000 per year doesn't qualify someone for Medicaid.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:39:58 PM PDT

    •  For some of us... (7+ / 0-)

      ...we can't get Medicaid at ANY income.  $0 income isn't "poor enough" in a lot of refusenik states if you're single.

      Florida, however, is a special breed of evil in that it is among the states (many of them in the South) that severely limit Medicaid eligibility even if you are a parent with children.  In many cases, they'll cover the kids, but they'll happily let the parent die.

      Like here.

    •  Especially since she was a mother of three!! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      The most violent element in society is ignorance.

      by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:54:13 PM PDT

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    •  some states require below 50% of poverty (4+ / 0-)

      for parents to qualify for Medicaid.
      Unbelievable but true.
      Actually it's fourteen states:

      http://kff.org/...

      And there are 24 states who have no Medicaid coverage for childless adults.

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:55:06 PM PDT

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    •  The big problem here was the Roberts (0+ / 0-)

      decision to give states more rights in Medicaid determination.  Republicans in Florida cut the eligibility for Medicaid while refusing to expand it.  

      In Wisconsin, Republicans also cut Medicaid eligibility throwing 92,000 folks off Medicaid.

      The other problem is that the ACA was designed to make subsidies available to those who weren't Medicaid eligible.  With the Roberts Court ruling, they're too rich for Medicaid, but too poor for a subsidy.  

      By the time the Roberts Court ruled, Republicans controlled the House so that hole couldn't be plugged by expanding the subsidies to include anyone who didn't qualify for Medicaid.  

      People are dying because of it.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:35:14 PM PDT

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      •  it's pretty crazy (1+ / 0-)
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        When the decision dropped, a lot of people thought the political pressure on states to take free money to lift the burden on local health centers was too great.  I thought at the time he was trying to slip in some poison pill he could use down the road to strike down some federal thing he didn't like, but indeed,  nobody would turn down the money since it'd already be allocated.

        Alas, no.  What makes it an especially poor decision is not just the human cost, but the reasons you say the whole scheme of lowering costs thru subsidies and exchanges is to get people otherwise covered so they don't drain emergency care at the last minute, and so on.  People like DIll need to be covered not for her, but for the people in the exchanges.  It's a quick way to unravel the whole thing.  

        And if that's so, the burden on states he complains about is justified not just by the spending clause -- which it fucking i -- but the necessary and proper clause.  Congratulations, John Roberts on overruling McCullough v. Maryland by neglect.  Also, negligent homicide to put not too fine point on it.  It's not as though making her three kids wards of the state saves anyone money in the long term, even if we went 100% green eyeshade.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 03:38:51 PM PDT

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        •  What people still don't comprehend (1+ / 0-)
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          is that Republicans don't care about people, don't care about states, don't care if people die.  They care about energizing their Tea Party base of extremists and winning elections.  

          They'd trash their states if it meant they could rule the ruins forever.

          Their concerns for grabbing and keeping power, no matter what the cost, exceed any rational thought.  

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 03:46:00 PM PDT

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