Well now, what do we have here? Yet ANOTHER ugly schism within the GOP ranks and lo behold! The culprit? OBAMACARE!!
Included in this story at TPM is the interesting tidbits about how the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare is causing quite a stir in states with GOP governors. Seems not only was the the expansion great policy in that it will help a great deal of people, but it was also a ticking political time bomb that is now starting to go kablooie and the shrapnel is flying all over States with GOP governors:
The Awkward Pivot
But look what’s happening down in the states. Republicans are now fighting among themselves over one of the signature initiatives of the dreaded ‘Obamacare’. First, Florida. A few weeks ago, Gov. Rick Scott bucked expectations and decided to accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Yesterday, his Republican-dominated state House voted to block that decision.
Even more striking is Arizona. Gov. Jan Brewer was another GOP Governor who bucked expectations and decided to opt-in to the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Now GOP SuperPACs are battling it out over her decision and, by extension, Obamacare. Americans for Prosperity is running ads attacking Brewer for the decision. And she’s now being defended by another Super PAC, Restoring Arizona, which is encouraging voters to support Brewer’s “fiscally conservative Medicaid plan.”
So take stock of that. Republican Super PACs are now battling it out at the state level over the merits of Obamacare. That’s where we are.