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  •  Ballot initiatives (1+ / 0-)
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    marty marty

    Why aren't Democrats pushing for ballot initiatives for the Medicaid expansion in every state that refused it? It would drive turnout, and even if the Democrats still lost - hey, at least Medicaid would still be expanded.  The whole mess in Virginia could have been avoided if the last election had Medicaid literally on the ballot, instead of just implied by voting Democratic.

    •  because it doesn't work that way (1+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40

      it's not something people can vote in

      the money has to be accepted by the governor

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      DEMAND CREATES JOBS!!!
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      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 07:02:47 PM PDT

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      •  Ah okay. Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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        TrueBlueMajority

        I was wondering why it hadn't been done anywhere. Is that due to the way the ACA was written or because of state laws on allocating funds? (or both?)

        •  it's the Supreme Court's fault (2+ / 0-)
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          RabbleON, Stude Dude

          when the Roberts Court affirmed the ACA that was good for the Blue Team

          but in the same decision they also weakened the provision about the Medicare expansion, saying that the states could not be forced to do it

          that's how we end up with this situation where governors are allowed to opt out, which was not originally written into the ACA

          Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
          DEMAND CREATES JOBS!!!
          Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

          by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:40:00 PM PDT

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      •  So what TrueBlueMajority? The GOP always put (0+ / 0-)

        items on the ballot that are almost research questions just to get their base to the polls.  Why won't the Dems?  The questions do not make law but GOP will show up just to answer them.

      •  Then is Carter gets in he immediately should sign (0+ / 0-)

        for the Medicaid money.  Let the GOP file a court case.  Then we can see if it is constitutional that the Ga legislature took the reigns from the Gov on the issue of who can accept the money.  If the law from the Supremes says that the money has to be accepted by the governor.....then what the Ga legislature did could be against the law or unconstitutional.

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