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Another Republican governor came to reality and accepted Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. The Federal Government in Obamacare has agreed to pay for 100 percent of the expansion of Medicaid in its first years and at least 90 percent of it thereafter. All governors refusing this care for their most needy are poster people for the inhumaneness of strict adoption of an ideology that should be relegated to the dark ages.

Kasich is now the fifth Republican governor to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid funding. Infamous Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, as well as governors of Nevada, New Mexico, and North Dakota have al accepted the provision.

In the press conference he gave where he informed Ohio that he was accepting Obamacare, he took a uncharacteristic populous stance.

"We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work," ….  "It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars."

"We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work," ….  "It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars."

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Kasich credited the White House with encouraging him to go forward with the Medicaid expansion. Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama, vowed to consider giving Ohio the flexibility to enact changes to its Medicaid program during a telephone conversation on Jan. 30, Kasich said. "I want to thank Valerie Jarrett today for being willing to work with us," he said.

Specifically, Kasich said the White House indicated it would consider proposals from Ohio that would put fewer people into Medicaid and more into private health insurance. The health care reform law seeks to extend Medicaid to anyone earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $15,282 for a single person this year. The expansion targets low-income adults who do not have disabilities or children living at home and who aren't eligible for Medicaid in most states today, no matter how little they earn.

There was no doubt by many that the ideological stance taken by Republicans was simply a stunt in an attempt to get the president defeated. After-all the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is much less than it should have been. As opposed to eliminating private health insurance companies altogether, Obamacare expanded their reach. Inasmuch as Obamacare is great for all those not covered, great for providing no cost preventative care and screening, great for eliminating pre-existing condition denials, great for eliminating rescissions, and great for ensuring chronic illness is no longer a pathway to bankruptcy, it could have been done much cheaper. Private insurance companies add 30% overhead simply to pay a bill. All other functions they serve, risk management, hospital pooling, doctor pooling, etc.  are simply profit maximization activities on the backs of the sick and the middle class.

Texas, a big state, has rejected Obamacare’s Medicaid option. It won’t be long before Governor Rick Perry finds a face saving way to follow the orders of his Plutocratic masters and accept it. After all, it continues the wealth transfer from the middle class to the Plutocracy.


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  •  Oklahoma's governor Fallin (1+ / 0-)
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    karmsy

    turned it down cold, no ifs, ands or buts.

    Her wealthy donors here are dead opposed to it and she does whatever they tell her to do.

    The public is not even entitled to emails or documents relating to this decision of hers. She, the one who will not be questioned, has decided and that's it.

  •  It's all about (1+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA

    finding a face-saving way for crazy, far-right governors to give into the inevitable, isn't it?

    Thanks for the diary. Great news.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:40:07 AM PST

  •  The diarist comments (0+ / 0-)

    that Obamacare is "not all it could have been" because it preserves private for-profit health insurance. Sure enough. I don't think many reading would disagree. But (and, baby, this is a helluva "BUT") Obamacare does significantly regulate for-profit health insurance corporations. For one example, they are newly obligated to provide rebates to customers if their administrative/corporate/marketing expense is too great in proportion to their healthcare-funding expense. For the first time in my life (and I was a Johnson-era baby).

    My point is, let's get into playing for the long term. Obamacare represents progress. It represents the start of an era during which it will become politically fashionable to regulate for-profit health-insurance corporations. Eventually, I believe we will drive them out of business.

    Mark my words.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:06:19 AM PST

    •  We do not disagree at all and (1+ / 0-)
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      I hope you read the following as supporting what you state.

      Inasmuch as Obamacare is great for all those not covered, great for providing no cost preventative care and screening, great for eliminating pre-existing condition denials, great for eliminating rescissions, and great for ensuring chronic illness is no longer a pathway to bankruptcy, it could have been done much cheaper.
  •  Republican Governors who refuse the Medicaid (0+ / 0-)

    expansion will literally be responsible for additional deaths in their states. I don't think that is hyperbole or an overstatement.

    Why is it solely up to a Gov. to accept or reject the expansion? I can't understand Virginians allowing McDonnell to get away with this. This is just more of  going down the road to make Virginia the new Mississippi. McDonnell says he doesn't "want to be part of adding to the Federal debt" which doesn't seem to bother him when it comes to defense contracting, just as one example and I'm sure there are plenty of others. Federal debt is only really really bad to Republicans when it actually trickles down and helps real live citizens who need the assistance.

    If you look at this map from here I think there will be a big red ribbon of untreated disease and dying across a fairly broad swath of the country. I hope some group somewhere starts trying to document the unnecessary deaths when things get rolling. This will make Chris Christie look very bad on a national stage. The costs benefit analysis has to be very heavily weighted towards taking the expansion since the Feds are spending almost all the money.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:14:16 AM PST

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